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The expected price of the 918 Spyder is $845,000

Porsche has finally revealed the full specs of the 918 Spyder at the Volkswagen Group night ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show. 

The 918 Spyder sports a 4.6-liter V8 engine for 608 horsepower. It also has two electric motors (a 154 HP electric motor turns the rear axle and a 127 HP electric motor spins the front wheels) added into the mix as well, for a total system of 887 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque.

Porsche's new vehicle can hit 62 MPH in 2.8 seconds, 124 MPH in 7.7 seconds and 186 MPH in 22 seconds. 

The 918 Spyder is a two-seater constructed of carbon fiber, and it weighs only 3,692 pounds.

As for its hybrid abilities, the 918 Spyder can travel on electric power at speeds up to 93 MPH and get about 10 to 20 miles per charge. Charging options include a German 230-volt outlet, which can do the job in about four hours. A DC fast charger will be optional and can recharge a battery in just 25 minutes. 

The hybrid features a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery consisting of 312 individual cells with an energy content of approximately 7 kilowatt hours. 

The 918 Spyder has four driving modes, including the standard E-Power for an electric-only range of up to 18 miles at speeds up to 93 MPH; Hybrid mode, which gives the most efficient power delivery of up to 85 MPG; Race Hybrid, which increases gear ratios spinning the electric motors while throttling up the V8, and Hot Lap, which pushes the traction battery to its maximum power output limits for a few fast laps.

The expected price of the 918 Spyder is $845,000. 

Source: Autoblog

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RE: a step in the right direction
By Shig on 9/10/2013 4:26:38 PM , Rating: 3
It's about the torque curve. I thought this was common knowledge.

Electric drive trains can deliver all of their torque at all times, ICE cannot. In this system the electric drive always gives you that extra jolt until the big V8 comes in. You would immediately notice a difference between the Porsche and an ICE only car.

RE: a step in the right direction
By Spuke on 9/10/2013 5:02:43 PM , Rating: 3
Electric drive trains can deliver all of their torque at all times, ICE cannot.
No. Electric motors make max torque at 0 rpm and go down from there. And indeed it IS all about the area under the curve which won't be an issue with the 918 but a 1000 hp car will beat a 800 hp one all day, all else equal, no matter how much torque the 800 hp car makes. My only issue with the 918 is weight. 3700 lbs is a LOT for a car in this market. The car will still be silly fast but it will be slower than its competition. If that matters to a potential owner, they'll look elsewhere.

By Sunrise089 on 9/10/2013 5:12:13 PM , Rating: 2
Spuke above also addresses this, but no, you wouldn't most of the time. Between the 918 and a sport bike engine, sure. From a 5mph roll as I state above, sure. But under either a 0->X run where you're using launch control, or during spirited driving, or certainly on a track you won't. Shig, you may have a ton of track experience, but my reading of your posts make me think otherwise. Driven aggressively the 918 will never be at low enough revs to take advantage of it's very low end torque.

Basically there isn't a window where "the big V8 needs to come in" or there certainly wouldn't be in my hypothetical turbocharged Carrera GT engine. High end exotics have powerplants with enough displacement and specific output to be traction limited at low race speeds, and that's all they need.

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