The Porsche 918 Spyder represents the essence of the Porsche idea, connecting pedigree motor racing technology with outstanding everyday suitability, and highest performance with tiniest consumption. The appearance of the 918 Spyder at the IAA 2013 signals the start of a new episode in the future of the hybrid drive.
The Porsche 918 Spyder has an 887 hp, 4.6-litre V8 engine, supplemented by two electric motors.
The Spyder can reach 62 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds. The Porsche 918 Spyder has superbly lapped the Nurburgring circuit in just 6 minutes 57 sec. Porsche 918 Spyder is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch, all-wheel drive (electric motor drives fronts, motor and engine drive rears) transmission.
The 918 Spyder proves the potential of the hybrid drive to a level never seen before, delivering a parallel advancement in both fuel efficiency and performance without compromising on either. This approach has made the Porsche 911 the most flourishing sportscar in the world for the past 50 years. In short, the 918 Spyder carries the genetic blueprint for the Porsche sportscar of the future.
The focus message circling the 918 Spyder is that the Porsche hybrid drive gives strong dynamic performance. The unique all-wheel drive system with a combined combustion engine and electric motor on the rear axle and a second electric motor on the front axle make this feasible. This concept is based on Porsche's motorsport development work for the thriving 911 GT3 R hybrid.
Calm and classic: "E-Power"
When the vehicle is started up, "E-Power" mode is selected as the default operating mode, provided that the battery is sufficiently charged. Depending on load, the 918 Spyder can cover between 16 and 32 kilometres on purely electric power. Even in pure electric mode, the Porsche 918 Spyder accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in under seven seconds and can reach speeds of up to 150 km/h. In this mode, the combustion engine is utilised only when needed. If the battery charging condition drops below a set minimum level, the vehicle automatically shifts to hybrid mode.
Practical and comfortable: "Hybrid"
In "Hybrid" mode, the electric motors and combustion engine work alternately, focusing on achieving maximum efficiency and minimum fuel consumption. The power output of the individual drive components is modified in line with the current driving situation and the required performance level. Hybrid mode is typically used for fuel-efficient driving.
Sporty and powerful: "Sport Hybrid"
If a more dynamic performance is required, the power units in the 918 Spyder switch over to "Sport Hybrid" mode. The combustion engine now runs continuously, representing the main propulsive force. The electric motors are activated to support acceleration through the electric boost function, or at points when the operating point of the combustion engine can be optimised for higher efficiency. This mode focuses on performance and a sporty driving experience at top speeds.