Porsche 918 Spyder Recalled Over Possible Suspension Failure

Most of the recalls we see are, naturally, for mass-market vehicles. But not this one. This is for an exotic supercar of the highest order, albeit one that seems to be having some build quality issues.

We’re talking about the Porsche 918 Spyder, the first of the hybrid hypercars and a rival to the McLaren P1 and the LaFerrari.

A vehicle requiring no introduction to enthusiasts, the successor of the Carrera GT mates a 4.6-liter V8 to a pair of electric motors and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The resulting 887 horsepower will propel Porsche’s flagship model from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.5 seconds and around the Nürburgring in less than seven minutes.

Porsche only made 918 of them, so the 306 examples being recalled likely represents the entire allotment sold in the United States, which is always a key market for big-buck exotics like this.

The problem is with the front suspension. According to the to the notice issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the lower control arms could be prone to crack, so Porsche will replace that component altogether.

Unfortunately this is not the first recall for the 918. Porsche issued one in late 2014 for unspecified chassis components, a wiring glitch prompted another recall a few months later in 2015, and a seatbelt problem resulted in another this summer.

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  • Bash

    306 out of 918…. wow, that’s one third of them… you don’t expect that much from Porsche, not to mentioned from a limited production number, I mean the limited number should reflect to a higher standard and quality control.

    • I think you mean 1/3 but I get your point. I think this is now the 4th time the 918 has had to be recalled.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I think the recall is a higher standard…it is because a part is prone, not that the part failed, but because Porsche believes there is a chance it may fail. Most manufacturers will just leave it and say nothing. I suspect something else…

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Porsche wants to collect beta data for future development.

  • alexxx

    strange…somehow you believe Porsches are bulletproof…