I will admit that I am a closet Porsche fan.  I don’t want to offend my truest love Ferrari but I love the look of a lot of the Porsche line.

Porsche has really upped the ante in regards to what to expect from a supercar.  Who saw it coming that  Porsche supercar would be an electric hybrid?

The Porsche recently released its tech and specs on the newest 918 Spyder.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder in flat black and orange.

Some Porsche 918 highlights

Its a hybrid super car.  The 918 will have a combustion engine mixed with electric motors to boost output and efficiency.

The total output of the 918’s 4.6-liter V8 and three electric motors is now 887 hp and 940 pound-feet of torque. Porsche says that will propel the car from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, and to a top speed of at least 213 mph. It will also lap the Nürburgring in 7:14.

Porsche 918  20 inch front wheels with 265/35 ZR 20 tires

Porsche 918 20 inch front wheels with 265/35 ZR 20 tires

All-Wheel Drive and 4 wheel steering

At low speeds, the rear wheels steer opposite the fronts to tighten the turning radius. At higher speeds all wheels steer in the same direction to increase stability.

Relatively light weight at just over 3700 pounds.

The world’s first production electric hybrid super-car will cost $845,000. Only 918 examples will be made, with deliveries beginning on September 18 (yes, 9/18), 2013

Porsche 918's dual exhaust exiting through the rear deck lid.

Porsche 918’s dual exhaust exiting through the rear deck lid.

Technical Specifications – Porsche 918 Spyder

Body: Two-seat Spyder; carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system.
Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-liter V8 mid-engine with dry-sump lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit on front axle; auto start/stop function; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management.
Engine power: 608 hp at 8,600/min (V8 engine)154 hp (hybrid module on rear axle)127 hp (electric motor on front axle)887 hp (combined)
Max. torque: 390 lb.-ft. at 6,600/min (V8 engine)940 lb.-ft. (equivalent torque calculated on the crankshaft, complete system in 7th gear)787 lb.-ft. (complete system, 3rd gear)> 590 lb.-ft. (800/min – 5,000/min)
Maximum Revs: 9,150 rpm
Power output per l: 133 hp/l (V8 engine)
Power transmission: Combustion engine with hybrid module and transmission bolted together to form a single drive unit; seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK); rear-wheel drive; front electric motor with gearbox for driving the front wheels (decoupled from 146 mph); five pre-selectable operating modes for optimum coordination of all drive units.Gear ratios PDK1st gear 3.912nd gear 2.29

3rd gear 1.58

4th gear 1.19

5th gear 0.97

6th gear 0.83

7th gear 0.67

R gear 3.55

Final drive ratio 3.09

Clutch diameter 8.7 in. / 6.5 inChassis and Suspension:Double-wishbone front axle; optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle; electro-mechanical power steering; multilink rear axle with adaptive electro-mechanical system for individual rear wheel steering; electronically controlled twin-tube gas-pressure dampers in the front and rear with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).Brake system:High-performance hybrid brake system with adaptive recuperation; internally ventilated and perforated front ceramic brake discs (PCCB), 16 in. in diameter and 1.4 in. thick; rear discs 15.4 in diameter and 1.3 in. thick.Wheels and tires:918 Spyder wheels(Weissach package: 918 Spyder magnesium wheels)front 9.5 J x 20 with 265/35 ZR 20rear 12.5 J x 21 with 325/30 ZR 21Weights:Curb weight 3,715 lbs.3,616 lbs. (Weissach package)Dimensions:Length 182.8 in.Width 76.4 in.Height 45.9 in.Wheelbase 107.5 in.

Track width

front 65.5 in.

rear 63.5 in.

Luggage compartment capacity, VDA ~ 110 l

Fuel tank capacity 18.5 galEnergy supply:Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity (BOL nominal), 220 kW maximum power and mains-compatible plug-in charger.Performance:Top speed > 211 mphpurely electric 93 mphAcceleration:0-62 mph 2.8 s

0-60 mph less than 2.8 s

0-62 mph (in electric mode) 7.0 s

0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) 7.9 s

0-186 mph (0-300 km/h) 23.0 sRange:Purely electric approx. 18 mi.Warranty:Vehicle (Battery) 4 years (7 years)Charging times:AC charging on a household socket (110 V, 10 A):less than 7 hoursAC charging on an industrial socket (240 V, 30 A):less than 2 hours

DC charging on an industrial socket (400 V, 32 A):

less than 0.5 hours.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 spyder reminds me of SpeedRacer’s Mach 5

Porsche 918 rear view Porsche 918 rear spoiler.

Porsche 918 cockpitPorsche has designed the cockpit to be driver-centric.


Porsche 918 exhaust. The rear decklid provides space for the exhaust.

For the official press release from Porsche click here

Photo Credits: Porsche