Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid

The final, symbolically 918th, Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid went
out of the Porsche’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen factory last week
(in early June 2015). The final 918 is painted custom dark-red
and will certainly be worth millions someday.

Exterior of 918 Spyder

In order to achieve lightweight construction, but also protect
the driver and the passenger inside the 918, the Porsche
engineers decided to use carbon-fiber reinfored plastics
monocoque interlocked with a CFRP unit carrier.

With this vehicle, Porsche kept its exterior trademarks: the
sloped nose and smooth roofline. The roof is retractable, so
the driver also has the option of driving in the open air.

The front headlamps get a nicer shape, and the front fenders
are less puffed up than on the other models in the line. The
tailamps are reminiscent of those of the Porsche 911. below
them is a pair of air vents, which are probably used as heat
extractors.

The main air intakes are placed in front of the rear wheels.

For a bit more downforce, a huge dual-pedestal spoiler is
placed on the backside of the vehicle.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Interior

The interior of the  Porsche 918 Spyder is driver-focused.

The futuristic-looking center console is separated into two
parts – one area contains the controls important for driving,
grouped around the steering wheel, whereas the infotainment
part sits in the lifter center console.

The interior is available in black-and-silver color combination
with green contrasting piping on the door panels. The 918
Spyder uses exclusively soft-touch materials. Another thing
included is a 3-spoke, multifunction sports steering wheel
along with the sport seats wrapped in leather.

The vehicle features a Burmester 11-speaker audio system, and
Porsche Car Connect makes it easy to connect to the 918’s
hybrid system remotely.

The 918 Spyder has 110 liters (3.8 cubic-feet) of luggage
space.

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Engine specs and performance

The heart and soul of the 918 Spyder is its powertrain which
consists of a 4.6-liter V8 engine strapped behind the seats,
fitted with titanium connecting rods, thin-wall, low-pressure
casting on the crank case and the cylinder heads, a
high-strength, light-weight steel crankshaft and a thin-walled
alloy steel exhaust system. The engine delivers 608 hp and
8,500 rpm and 391 pound-feet of torque, paired with a
7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

However, Porsche adds a 154 hp electric motor to power the rear
axle and a 127 hp electric motor on the front axle, thus
combining for a total of 887 hp and 940 pound-feet of
torque, electric motors are powered from 312-cell,
liquid-cooled 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery.

Maximum speed of this fantastic hybrid car is 211 mph, and
acceleration 0-60 mph is achieved in 2.2 sec, 0-100 mph in
4.9 seconds, 0-180 mph in 17.5 seconds, and the 1/4 mile
in 9.8 seconds.  Fuel consumption of 918 Spyder (combined)
is amazing: 3.1-3.0 l / 100 km (78.4 mpg); CO2 emissions
(combined) of just 72-70 g / km. Electricity consumption is
12.7 kWh / 100 km (62 mil),  all-electric range is
12 mil (19 km).

With such power, torque, excellent brakes and aerodynamic
features 918 Spyder was able to achieve a record time of
6:57 minutes on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The driveline offers five different driving modes: E-Power,
Hybrid, Sport Hybrid, Race Hybrid and Hot Lap.

Price and release date

The Porsche 918 Spyder made its world debut at the 2013
Frankfurt Motor Show. It was first shown at the Geneva
Motor Show in March 2010 as a concept. Its price in Europe is
€781,155 and in the U.S. $845,000 msrp.

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Last produced Porsche 918 Spider Hybrid