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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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By Concillian on 9/11/2013 1:05:38 PM , Rating: 2
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What good is 590 lb-ft of electrically-supplied torque EXCEPT for going fast in a straight line a few times?!


If you're on a track, then you scrub off almost as much energy in braking for a corner as you push out accelerating out of that corner. A "small" electric reservoir makes sense in this regard if the generation can be done in a way that doesn't interfere with the feel of threshold braking... then the electric motors used as a bit of a turbo boost as you accelerate out of the corner.

Done properly, I have no doubt it has the potential of outperforming a comparable torque and HP ICE only car... while also reducing the stress on the braking system (which on an 800 HP 3600 pound car are going to be quite considerable stresses)


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