Text: Mac Avendano / Photos: Porsche Press | posted September 10, 2013 11:34
Debut marks the beginning of plug-in hybrid super sports cars
The Porsche 918 Spyder debuts at Frankfurt today coinciding with the Porsche 911’s 50th anniversary. In the same context, the 918 Spyder follows the footsteps of the 911 in setting a benchmark in the automotive industry. The Porsche 918 Spyder spearheads the new era of plug-in hybrid super sports cars.
Keeping up with the Porsche’s legacy for power and performance, the 918 Spyder boasts 900 PS while maintaining a silent and emission-free travel of an electric vehicle. The car can go from 0-100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds and has a fuel consumption of between 40 km/l and 36 km/l. Combining the capabilities of its combustion engine and electric motor further optimizes the dynamic performance of the car.
Designing the 918 Spyder has been influenced by the brand’s affiliation with motorsport. The Porsche LMP1 race car even shares some technologies with the super sports car. This includes the structural concept, V8 engine, and carbon fiber reinforced plastic panels. Despite being a performance car, the 918 Spyder has a lower fuel consumption compared to present-day compact cars.
With the new technologies, the Porsche 918 Spyder still remains true to its roots. With a long list of benchmark cars like the Carrera GTS, 911 Turbo, 959, 911 GT1, and Carrera GT, much will be expected from this new Porsche super sports car.