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By Ketan Patel

Porsche 918 Spyder 2013 Review

Porsche has recently confirmed that the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept which was first exhibited during the 2010 Geneva Auto Show will go into a limited edition production next year in September. To celebrate the announcement, Porsche has revealed new photos and information regarding the 918 Spyder's specifications.

At first, when the Spyder stole the spotlight during the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, the supercar boasted it could go from 0 to 62 in 3.2 seconds whilst reaching a top speed of 198 miles per hour. Under its hood the earlier prototype concealed a 500 horsepower V8 engine alongside three electric motors that produced 215 horsepower, for a total of 715.

Things have changed since the 918 was first unveiled in 2010 and according to Porsche, the Spyder is now motivated by a 570 horsepower 4.6 liter V8 engine and the electric motors rated at 200 horsepower, for a total of 770 HP. The results are a top speed of 200 miles per hour with the ability to go from 0 to 62 in under 3 seconds.

The 4.6 liter engine is coupled with a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox which sends its power to the rear wheels, whereas the front wheels will be motivated by the electric motors.

Furthermore, whilst the newest Porsche 918 was able to do a lap of Nürburgring in just 7 minutes and 22 seconds (which means it's faster than the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Maserati MC12, Pagani Zonda F and the Ferrari Enzo) it retained the same fuel consumption we were all impressed about two years ago. In other words, the 918 will cover 94 miles per gallon and will produce 70 g/km carbon dioxide.

In addition, the E-Drive mode allows the Spyder is able to cover 16 miles on electric power alone, whereas Race Hybrid mode will maximize both the electric and gas unit output. The middle ground is covered by the Sports Hybrid mode which adds Torque Vectoring for high performance and decent fuel consumption.

Other notable features that make this supercar special are the fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the carbon fiber monocoque.

As far as availability goes, the Porsche 918 Spyder is set to be made available for purchase in September 2013, and despite the fact that over 1,000 people have shown interest in buying the new Spyder, the latest bits of information indicate that only 918 units will be produced. Price-wise, the supercar is considered to be unnecessarily pricey by some, and with a price tag of $845,000 you can't really blame them.

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  • Development of plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder super sports car enters next phase
  • Prototypes feature colour schemes inspired by iconic Porsche 917 race car liveries
  • Technology showcase with extraordinary performance
  • Production to start in September 2013

The Porsche 918 Spyder is on the road. Driving trials of the super sports car of the future has progressed a step further with completion of the initial prototypes. The 918 Spyder will go into production at the end of September 2013 as planned, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before the end of that year.

“What we are doing with the 918 Spyder is redefining driving fun, efficiency and performance,” said Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board Research and Development of Porsche AG.

With their camouflage harking back to historical Porsche 917 racing cars, the prototypes signal the final touches to the 918 Spyder. The focus is on the integration of the highly sophisticated individual drive components. The combination of a combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels – poses completely new demands on the development of the operating strategies. “They are therefore a critical component in this vehicle into which we have put all of our expertise and capacity for innovation,” continued Hatz.

These operating strategies and the development of the software to go with them are one of the core competencies at Porsche. The two disciplines have a major influence on the extremely high level of driving enjoyment offered by the 918 Spyder and they deliver a unique combination of minimal fuel consumption and maximum performance. The initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the 918 Spyder.

The super sports car is designed as a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors for extraordinary performance: on the one hand, the dynamics of a racing machine boasting more than 770 hp, on the other hand, fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 km.

As a technology showcase, the  918 Spyder breaks further new ground with spectacular solutions such as the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and the upward-venting ‘top pipes’ exhaust system.

In the process, the 918 Spyder is offering a glimpse of what Porsche Intelligent Performance may be capable of in future.

Specifications of the Porsche 918 Spyder*

Body: Two-seater Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.
Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with dry sump lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit on front axle; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management.
Engine Power: > 570 hp (V8 engine)
~ 90 kW (hybrid module on rear axle)
~ 80 kW (electric motor on front axle)
> 770 hp (combined)
Suspension: Double-wishbone front axle; optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle; electro-mechanical power steering; multi-link rear axle with adaptive electromechanical system for individual rear wheel steering
Brake system: High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; ceramic brake discs (PCCB).
Energy supply:    Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL nominal), 202 kW maximum power and mains compatible plug-in charger.
Performance: Top speed > 325 km/h (201mph)
purely electric > 150 km/h  (93mph)
  Acceleration: 0 – 100 km/h < 3.0 s
Total ~ 3.0 l/100 km (94 mpg)
CO2 emissions: Total ~ 70 g/km
Range: Purely electric > 25 km (15 miles)


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