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The Porsche 918 Spyder embodies the essence of the Porsche idea, combining pedigree motor racing technology with excellent everyday suitability, and maximum performance with minimum consumption. The début of the 918 Spyder at the IAA 2013 marks the start of a new chapter in the future of the hybrid drive.
And the technology pioneers are not the only ones who are excited by this flagship project, as the 918 Spyder demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive to a degree never seen before, achieving a parallel improvement in both fuel efficiency and performance without compromising on either. This is the idea that has made the Porsche 911 the most successful sportscar in the world for the past 50 years. In short, the 918 Spyder contains the genetic blueprint for the Porsche sportscar of the future.
The Porsche 918 Spyder has been greatly influenced by its affiliations with motorsport. A number of the developments to the Porsche race car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 were used in the 918 Spyder – and vice versa. The structural concept, which is based on a rolling chassis (i.e. a chassis without bodywork), is standard for Porsche race cars. The design of the V8 engine is based on that of the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) race car, the RS Spyder, and the supporting monocoque structures and unit carriers are made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). More importantly, however, the Porsche 918 Spyder is considerably more fuel efficient than any of its competitors. In fact, this plug-in hybrid combines the performance of a race car with an output of over 880 bhp with an estimated NEDC fuel consumption of just three litres per 100 km, which is lower than the majority of today’s compact cars. Drivers can therefore enjoy maximum driving pleasure and minimum fuel consumption.
The production version of the 918 Spyder was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show, and is on sale now. In the U.S. market the Porsche 918 Spyder will be priced at €781,155 in Europe and $845,000 in the U.S. for the base model. For a grand total of $929,000 — an $84k bump — you can add in the weight-savings package known as the Weissach Package on U.S.-spec models. In Europe, the 918 Spyder with the Weissach Package comes in at €853,155.
The 918 Spyder is built on a carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque that is interlocked with a CFRP unit carrier. This provides great stability with lightweight construction, and also provides plenty of protection for the folks in its cabin.
On the outside, you see plenty of Porsche’s trademark characteristics. It boasts a sloped nose, along with a sleek roofline that tapers all the way down to the rear end. Speaking of the roofline, a two-piece Targa top graces this roof, giving you the opportunity to drive in the open air. What makes the 918 Spyder special is where Porsche strayed from its typical styling. Up front, you get shapelier headlights than you will see on the rest of its lineup. The front fenders are also far less bulging than on the other models in its line.
Just in front of the rear wheels, Porsche fitted the engine’s main air intakes. These massive canyons in the rear fenders should be more than up to the responsibility of feeding life-giving O2 to the V-8 monster residing under the chicken-wire-style cage on the rear of the 918 Spyder.
On the backside of the 918 Spyder, there’s a massive dual-pedestal spoiler to add a little extra downforce. The one styling cue that the 918 Spyder takes from the rest of the Porsche lineup is its taillights. If you look close enough at the 918’s taillights, you may even see the soul of the 911 still floating around in them. Just below these taillights rest a pair of air vents, which we can only chock up as heat extractors, as there is no way they can be designed to take in air.
An interesting change from conception to production is the axing of the side-exit exhaust that everyone, including us, thought was flat out bad-ass and moving the exits to the top of the car – on pipe behind each seat. This offers up a several little-known benefits. First of all, this more than shortens the traveling distance from the cylinder heads to the exhaust tips, allowing the exhaust to escape more quickly. Secondly, putting the exhaust exits right behind the seats also makes the sweet noise of the exhaust a little more audible inside the cabin. Lastly, it helps lower the temperature in the engine compartment.
At the base of the rear fascia, Porsche fitted a relatively huge diffuser. This should provide plenty of additional downward force and keep the fatter rear end from jiggling around too much at high speeds.
In terms of its footprint, the 918 Spyder measures in at 4,643 mm (182.79 inches) long X 1,940 mm (76.37 inches) wide X 1,167 mm (45.94 inches) tall and it has a 2,730 mm (107.48-inch) wheelbase. The 918 Spyder’s front track measures in at 1,664 mm (65.51 inches) and its rear track measures 1,612 mm (63.46 inches). For those that aren’t familiar with “track width,” this is the gap between the centermost points of each tire.
The interior is all about offering the driver a great driving experience. There is an ultra-modern center console that looks like something out of a futuristic movie and a trio of rounded, standalone gauges. It is divided into two basic areas: one holding the controls that are important for driving and grouped around the multifunction steering wheel and the infotainment block that is housed in the lifted center console.
The interior will offer a black-and-silver color combination with green contrasting piping on the door panels – Oakland Raider and Seattle Seahawk fans rejoice, the 918 Spyder will match your garb during the football season.
The 918 Spyder will feature a soft-touch interior, leaving all of that ugly hard plastic to lesser-quality cars. Also included will be a 3-spoke, multifunction sports steering wheel and sport seats wrapped in leather. That’s pretty much all of the stuff you expect from a Porsche.
For those audiophiles out there, Porsche is catering to you too. This supercar features a Burmester 11-speaker audio system. Additionally, Porsche Car Connect allows you to connect to the 918’s hybrid system remotely.
Additionally, the 918 Spyder offers up 110 liters (3.8 cubic-feet) of luggage space, so you can carry along a small bag.
Now we can talk about the single most awesome part of the 918 Spyder, its engine and drivetrain. It all starts with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine strapped in behind the seats. In order to keep things as light as possible, Porsche fitted the 918 Spyder’s engine with titanium connecting rods, thin-wall, low-pressure casting on the crank case and the cylinder heads, a high-strength, light-weight steel crankshaft, and an extremely thin-walled, alloy steel exhaust system.
Keeping the engine properly lubricated is a dry-sump lubrication system with a separate oil tank and oil extraction. Adding to the weight savings, Porsche fabricated the four oil-extraction pumps out of plastic. That’s a little scary of a tradeoff in our opinion, but every ounce counts.
All of this technology pushes this V-8 to an impressive 608 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 530 Nm (391 foot-pounds) of torque. That power is stout, to say the least, but the 918 Spyder goes beyond that by adding a 115 kW (154 horsepower) electric motor to power the rear axle and a 95 kW (127-horsepower) electric motor on the front axle. This combines for a total of 887 mind-blowing horsepower and a peak torque rating of 1,275 Nm (940 pound-feet) with over 800 Nm (590 pound-feet) available from just 800 rpm.