Porsche 918 Spyder further details leaked - WCF Exclusive

Porsche 918 Spyder design sketch 21.03.2011
Porsche 918 Spyder design sketch 21.03.2011

Will feature four operating modes

We have exclusive new details about the Porsche 918 Spyder as an anonymous tipster has provided us some internal dealership material.

While most of the information has already been announced, the document seems to indicate that the plug-in hybrid supercar will be available in four colors (Carrara White, Black, Platinum Silver Metallic, and Basalt Black) with a black interior. That's a limited selection, but Porsche is considering additional options to the color palette.

As expected, motivation will be provided by a V8 engine that displaces more than 4.0-liters and produces upwards of 500 PS (368 kW / 493 bhp). It will be supported by two electric motors that develop at least 218 PS (160 kW / 215 bhp). The powertrain will be connected to a seven-speed PDK transmission which will enable the 918 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 3.1 seconds, hit a top speed in excess of 199 mph (320 km/h), and lap the Nürburgring in less than 7 minutes and 30 seconds.

More interestingly, the car will have four operating modes (E-Power, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid, Race Hybrid) that are selected via a switch on the steering wheel. E-power maximizes fuel efficiency by calling on the electric motors to provide power. With a fully charged battery, Porsche estimates the 918 will be able to travel more than 16 miles (25 km) on electricity alone.

On the other hand, Hybrid mode is suggested for most driving situations and utilizes both the petrol engine and the electric motors.

Hybrid Sport is designed for adventurous driving on back country roads as it configures the powertrain to maximize performance by enabling a rear torque bias.

Lastly, Race Hybrid is like Hybrid Sport on steroids. It is designed for track use and provides "uncompromised control of the entire drive system at the absolute limits of performance."

In terms of handling, the 918 will feature a double wishbone suspension all around with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Toque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus). The latter system operates through an electronically-controlled locking differential to optimize torque output at the rear wheels when cornering.

Scheduled to go into production in September 2013, the Porsche 918 Spyder will be priced from $845,000 in the United States and €645,000 in Europe.

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wjaprep wjaprep
black, white, silver and... black? Im buying a Porsche supercar, not a Lexus sedan. I mean honestly, not even red?
Apr 15th, 2011 1:35am
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GTurbo GTurbo
Porsche need this car to succeed (in the US market) where the Carrera GT didn't. Another awesome hypercar from Porsche, but it must pass the stringent US crash test standards to succeed! Then it's a matter of time before you start to see it in movie product placements and music videos. Hybrid technology (pioneered by Porsche but brought first to global market by Toyota) redefined in a supercar.
Apr 14th, 2011 4:13pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
Love. Love. Love this car.
Apr 14th, 2011 4:00pm
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kimbo kimbo
Well, I sort of miss the old V10 Carrera GT. I miss it's wild V10 noise, brutal clutch, nonautomatic gearbox. It seems like it was one of the last 'old type' supercars. And it's sad.
Apr 14th, 2011 3:34pm
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Interesting "insider" facts. The 918 Spyder (and possible future hard-top variant) could be a game changer for the future of green motoring (and motor racing). Despite being a hybrid, the 918 could be a worthy successor to the highly-prized Carrera GT and a challenger to established rival contemporaries such as the Audi R8 variants, Lamborghini Gallardo (and possibly Aventador) and the Ferrari 458 Italia. Kudos to the WCF team for netting this big catch!
Apr 14th, 2011 7:00am
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bboothy bboothy
I have seen both R8s on the road, seen a couple of Gallardo variants, and seen the 458 italia as well as every 355 360 model in traffic, but i have never seen a Carrera GT in the wild. Porsche will never challenge mass-production supercar marques with their "hypercar" mentality, and the pricing of this model ensures that very few of them will see any road use. My initial interest in this car was in anticipation of a revival of the design philosophy of the 912 and 914 models, and i am somewhat disappointed by its halo-ness. Superlative performance is fine as an engineering exercise, but not realistic as a mass-market product, and the "green motoring" game will not change until the average consumer can embrace it.
Apr 14th, 2011 7:13pm
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bboothy, you are right. The 918 was reportedly made to be limited production model (unless Porsche change tack) and some examples of it may not be able to see the daylight. Given the ludicrous price tag and the exotic product placement, the car is ensured a ultra high-end premium supercar status. However in terms of performance, it should rival the mass-production rival supercars. With regards to the 912 and 914 models, future replacements (should it be made) would be mass-developed. Since I'm not a Porsche staff, it is up to us to speculate. Btw, the 912 and 914 are unique classic Porsche cars that combines reliability, efficient fuel consumption and a relatively-affordable price. Lastly, green motoring is not a widely embraced motoring idea because of the limited infrastructure and public interests. In addition, electric cars depends on nuclear power for electricity and the ongoing Japanese nuclear crisis has casts more doubts on the benefits of driving electric cars. Hybrid cars has a better market prospect, but once again it is not cheap to purchase and maintain.
Apr 15th, 2011 4:42pm
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Microice Microice
If I had kids I'd sell them, their mother and my kidneys for this thing. Classic even before it's out. Why do they torture the poor like this? I totally understand prostitutes and Judas now...
Apr 14th, 2011 2:38am
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You may not need to exaggerate the situation in this manner. Study and work hard and you would be able to climb the corporate ladder, given your job has such prospects. If you are really indeed desperate, go and seek out automotive events (i.e. car launches, motorshows), meet the people in the industry and expand your social circle to get your rewards. It is not instantaneous as it seems as it once again requires hard work, but it is a rewarding experience. Otherwise, take the traditional route by popping by your car dealer and request for a test-drive (if it is available).
Apr 14th, 2011 7:12am
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bboothy bboothy
Powering your hybrid with a 500-horse V8 is like ordering your veggie burger with bacon. It sounds delicious but the other diners can't help but notice the contradiction... 16 mile eRange isn't bad at all but i can only imagine the miserable fuel economy of sport mode, much less race mode! The 3-cylinder diesel i8 from BMW seems a bit more realistic as a model for the new direction of the industry.
Apr 14th, 2011 12:53am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
i am veggie for about 19 years now, no joke. just like the 918 i don´t need bacon to be a beast on my (private) track. if u now what i mean^^
Apr 14th, 2011 1:22am
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Homerlovesbeer Homerlovesbeer
Awesome car. I agree with u on this catchmyshadow, this really has got to be the most desirable electric car/hybrid in the world. I want one!
Apr 14th, 2011 12:41am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
finally a hybrid i would actually buy. now i just need someone to lend me 644,999€.
Apr 14th, 2011 12:08am
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