Porsche 918 Spyder
If you talk about hybrid powertrains, people will readily tell you hybrid cars are not fast enough, not beautiful. Well, that might be true in some cases, but not entirely. However, this decade has been the decade of hybrids. Plenty of hybrid cars have made their appearance in front of us. Porsche being one of the famed sports car makers also tried their hand in the hybrid segment. They made some beautiful vehicles which are not only beautiful and faster, but also powered by hybrid drivetrain.
Porsche 918 Spyder was one such car which has been a showpiece model in the history of sports cars. First unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show this car was depicted as the direct successor of the Porsche Carrera GT. Built in two different body types, roadster and coupe - the car was manufactured in a limited number of 918 units in the time period of 2013-2015. In March 2015, the last Porsche 918 Spyder rolled out of the assembly line. Although, this car is not anymore in production, but the legacy surrounding the beauty and superb performance is still on.
How was this car in flesh? How did it perform? Let’s take a look.
Click past jump to read more about the 2013-2015 Porsche 918 Spyder.
Porsche 918 Spyder being a faster sports car needs to be built on a lighter frame. Therefore the car was built on carbon fibre reinforced plastic monocoque body frame, which was interlocked with a carbon fibre reinforced plastic carrier. This kind of structure means a lightweight body frame for the car, which gives better acceleration and fuel economy as well, and that too with a better safety.
You can identify this car as a Porsche model from distance without any mistake. The front profile boasts an identical sloping noise section with the famed Porsche logo at the centre of the nose tip. The swept back headlamps are placed at both sides of the sloping nose. The front bumper looks sleek. At the upper part of the bumper two part grilles are visible at both sides which sport several slats. While the lower part boasts the air intake at the centre position.
At the side profile of the car, the first things grab eyeballs are the huge wheel arches, which are the home of the devilish looking wheels. Apart from that, the side air vent is another thing to steal the show. The huge air vents are placed at the rear fender and blended with the thick character line that starts just behind the wheel arches and from the rear bottom of the front fenders. There is another character line running through the body length, which starts from the front bonnet and runs toward the rear of the car. The roadster boasts a two part Targa top, which gives you protection during bad weather condition. With the roof is on, the roofline blends perfectly to the rear of the car.
The car was built keeping the aerodynamics in mind. The rear profile boasts a monster like look. Two round shaped chrome tipped rear vents are placed just behind the seats. There is a rear spoiler visible at the rear end just above the taillights. The taillights give us a feeling of the 911, while there are dual exhaust vents visible just beneath the taillights. The rear bottom of the car sports a huge and completely black diffuser.
If you are impressed with the exterior, then get ready to be impressed again. The interior of this car made to give you a blended experience of sportiness, luxury and comfort as well. The three spoke multifunction steering wheel is the home for several control buttons. Just in front of the steering wheel there are three round shaped pods housing the gauges and dials. Beside those pods a digital information display panel is visible as well. While the centre console is the most attracting part of the cabin. The console is a long sloping bar, which consists several control buttons and a large touchpad with an infotainment display screen also. The dashboard sports a clean look, while the AC vents are unique with their sharp hexagonal shape. The entire cabin is wrapped with premium quality upholstery made of leather and alcantara. To give the cabin a sporty feel Porsche has designed the cabin in complete black with green linings. Inside the cabin, “Porsche 918 Spyder” badge is visible at various places.
The 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6 litre V8 petrol engine along with dual electric engines mated to a 7 speed PDK automated manual transmission, which altogether churns out 889 hp peak power and enormous 1274 Nm peak torque. The unique combinations of electric motors are designed to power up both the axles. The V8 engine delivers 608 hp peak power at 8500 rpm and 530 Nm peak torque. There is a 154 hp electric engine that delivers power to the rear axles, while another electric unit sends 127 hp peak power to the front axles. The 918 Spyder is capable to reach 0-100 kmph in 2.6 seconds with a top speed of 345 kmph.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
|Engine||4.6 liter V8 petrol / Two electric motors|
|Transmission||7 speed PDK automated manual|
|Maximum power||889 hp (608 + 154 + 127)|
|Maximum torque||1274 Nm|
|Top speed||345 kmph|
|0-100 kmph||2.6 seconds|
RIDE AND HANDLING
Porsche 918 Spyder is equipped with PACB cross drilled and slotted disks braking system at both front and rear wheels. The front suspension duty is done by double wishbone lift system and PASM, while the rear gets multilink PASM.
BRAKE AND SUSPENSION
| Front brakes | Porsche PCCB cross drilled and slotted discs.
| Rear brakes | Porsche PCCB cross drilled and slotted discs.
| Front suspension | Double wishbone lift system and PASM.
| Rear suspension | Multi link PASM.
Porsche didn’t sell this car in India. In US market this car was priced at an approximate price tag of $845000, which equivalent of more than INR. 5.60 crores.
Ferrari LaFerrari is one of the most beautiful and powerful sports car and therefore it is the prime rival against Porsche 918 Spyder. With its huge V12 engine and dual electric motors Ferrari LaFerrari is capable to produce a total of 963 hp peak power while it can reach 0-100 kmph in just 3 seconds with a top speed of 349 kmph.
McLaren P1 is another sports car capable to give the Porsche 918 Spyder run for money. Powered by a 3.8 litre V8 engine and electric motor paired with 7 speed SSG transmission, this car kicks out a total of 903 hp peak power and 900 Nm peak torque.
Read the Mclaren P1 review here
Although, Porsche 918 Spyder is no more in production, but the nostalgia surrounding this beautiful beast is still on. The limited 918 units of production made this car even more special all around the globe.
- * Beautifully stylish.
- * Unique interior.
- * Powerful.
- * Too Expensive.
- * Only 918 units built.
- * Never sold in India.