Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid Sports Car Gets Official with Full Specs
September 10, 2013 11:15 AM
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The expected price of the 918 Spyder is $845,000
Porsche has finally revealed the full specs of the
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.
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RE: a step in the right direction
9/10/2013 7:13:58 PM
Considering this car just broke records at Nurburgring, I'd say that torque is being applied just fine. In fact, it's being applied better than fine. It's being applied better than any other production car before it. It broke the previous record by 14 seconds - that's an eternity considering over the last few years shaving a tenth of a second off the record was considered an accomplishment.
RE: a step in the right direction
9/10/2013 7:35:22 PM
Nürburgring has killer straights where you can run flat-out. The 918 has more power than pretty much anything else on that list you're looking at, so of course it set that time.
Let's put it in perspective, the previous record holder is now giving up like 200 horsepower to the 918!
Most "production" cars don't have 900hp.
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