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Porsche introduces the Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche introduces the Porsche 918 Spyder image

Text: / Photos: Porsche Press | posted May 17, 2013 15:42

Designed around the hybrid drive

Porsche reveals the latest incarnation of its 918 Spyder. And with a goal to offer maximum performance with minimum fuel consumption, the 918 Spyder is fitted with a powerful yet highly efficient hybrid powertrain.

Inspired by the LMP2 RS Spyder race car, the 887 hp Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine and a 115 kW electric motor on both the rear and front axle. All these are supported by a high-strength yet lightweight carbon fiber reinforced polymer monocoque chassis and subframe. Transferring the power from the engine to all four wheels is the brand’s seven-speed PDK transmission.

The 918 Spyder is also equipped with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adaptive rear shock absorber system as well a rear-axle steering. The adjustments are speed sensitive and provide a steering angle of up to three degrees in each direction.

Rear

Porsche Active Aerodynamic (PAA) also contributes to the 918 Spyder’s performance by providing a system of adjustable aerodynamic elements to ensure both unique and variable aerodynamic qualities to keep the car planted to the ground. The PAA can be used in Race, Sport, E-Power, and Hybrid modes.

On pure electric operation, the 918 Spyder can cover approximately 28.97 kilometers and can even achieve an acceleration time from 0 to 100km/h in just seven seconds and can also reach a top speed of up to 149.67 km/h. Meanwhile, when on its maximum performance mode which is the ‘Race Hybrid’ mode, both the V8 engine and electric motors are run at their maximum power output for an acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 339.57 km/h.

Interior

The cockpit is divided into two basic areas, one that features driving controls that are mounted on the steering wheel and provides information display via the instrument cluster while the other area is where the infotainment block can be located.

Porsche also offers the ‘Weissach’ package which features unique colors and designs that are based on legendary Porsche race cars. Carbon fiber accents will also be made visible on its roof, rear wings, rear-view mirrors, and windscreen frames. The interior meanwhile will be packaged with Alcantara instead of leather and carbon fiber in place of the stock aluminum trims. For a more sporty driving experience, sound insulation will be reduced. To improve its performance, lightweight magnesium wheels will also be used to reduce as much as 77 lbs from its weight.

Price starts at 781,155 Euro (PhP41,351,522.61) for the standard version, while the ‘Weissach’ package starts at 853,155 Euro (PhP45,162,942.40).