The crown jewel of Porsche and possibly Stuttgart’s most important model from a technology standpoint since its spiritual predecessor, the 959 of the late 1980s, was unveiled in its final production guise on the eve of the Frankfurt Motor Show during the VW Group Night event.
According to the German brand, the new 918 Spyder “contains the genetic blueprint for the Porsche sportscar of the future,” which means that the next generations of Porsche cars will be greatly influenced by this model.
At the heart of the 918 Spyder is a hybrid drive that links a 4.6-liter V8 engine producing 600hp (608PS) to a pair of electric motors rated for 115 kW (156PS / 154hp) and 95 kW (129PS / 127hp), which draw energy from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in less than 25 minutes when using the optional Porsche Speed Charging Station (DC).
The hybrid system delivers a combined maximum output of 875hp (887PS) with Porsche quoting a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of just 2.8 seconds, with 200km/h (124mph) coming after 7.7 seconds and 300km/h (186mph) in 22.0 seconds. Top speed is rated at 214mph (344 km/h).
With the electric motors working alone, the 918 Spyder can cover between 10 and 20 miles (16 to 32 kilometers) purely on electric power, while also offering a 0-62 mph (100km/h) acceleration in under seven seconds and a top speed of up to 93 mph (150km/h).
Porsche says the Spyder returns an average standard fuel consumption of between 3.0 and 3.3 liters/100 km (71.3-78.4 mpg US / 85.6-94.2 mpg UK), obviously with the use of a fully charged battery.
There’s a lot more to mention about the 918 Spyder, but for now, we’ll leave you with the latest set of photos and videos of the production car.