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.

quote: ...the ability to recharge in only 25 minutes seems like a step in the right direction

The reason it can recharge so fast is because the battery is only big enough to take the car 10 to 20 miles (depending on speed probably). So the battery is probably in the realm of 12 kWh. (BTW it said DC fast charger for 25 mins. This is one heck of an inefficient vehicle to only get 10 to 20 miles out of such a large battery!)

Compare this to the Tesla S which can be 80% recharged in 30 minutes and then can travel 208 miles with the larger 85 kWh battery (68 kWh @ 80%).

So saying charge time is all that counts is not the correct way to measure 'the right direction'. Instead the measure should be distance / time. The 918 is (averaging range) 15 / 25 = .6 miles/minute of charging. Tesla Model S is 208/30 = 6.93 miles/minute. The Model S is still way ahead of the 918.

The 918 hybrid is just like the plug-in prius. It's basically a parallel hybrid that you can plug in. These are good starter vehicles for those who've never owned a hybrid before. Those who have owned a hybrid should move to serial hybrids like the Volt if not make the leap to pure electric if they know their driving routes are all within range.

P.S. Going back to efficiency. The 918 gets about 1.25 miles per kWh (15 miles / 12 kWh). HORRID! I get 4.8 miles per kWh in my Leaf and the Tesla S can average around 3.05 miles per kWh.

Reading too fast. Thanks for the correction. I was guessing based off the charge times. If that's the case it's somewhat better with effeciency but still really bad at about 2 miles per kWh