limited to 918
139.5 hp per liter
(from Porsche Press
Release) Starting gun for sales of the Porsche 918 Spyder
hybrid super sports car
Stuttgart. Today is the day that Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG,
Stuttgart, puts on sale the 918 Spyder super sports car with its
innovative plug-in hybrid drive. Production development is
proceeding apace in the wake of the outstanding customer response to
the concept car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2010. Thanks to
its unique hybrid technology, the 918 Spyder is estimated to consume
a mere three litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (94 mpg imp.) based
on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Its V8 engine delivers
more than 368 kW (500 hp), assisted by two electric motors with a
total of at least 160 kW (218 hp). The 918 Spyder is available for
immediate order priced from 645,000 Euro – subject to VAT and
To ensure a 918 Spyder’s exclusivity, the two-seater is limited to
no more than 918 units. The earlier a customer orders his vehicle,
the earlier it will be delivered, as production is initialised in
the same sequence in which orders are received. Production of the
918 Spyder is scheduled to commence on 18 September 2013 – 9/18 in
US date convention – in a quasi manufacturing operation at Porsche’s
main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Delivery of the initial
vehicles will commence in November 2013.
The design’s DNA is derived from the Carrera GT and Porsche 917
sports car as well as the RS Spyder and is very closely modelled on
the 2010 concept car. Unlike the concept car, however, the
production version of the two-seater, based on a carbon fibre-reinforced
plastic monocoque, features a manual roof system with removable roof
panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment.
The 918 Spyder is driven by a unique type of plug-in hybrid system.
It comprises a high-revving V8 engine with a displacement exceeding
four litres and output of more than 368 kW (500 hp). The mid-engine
power unit is based on the racing engine of the successful Porsche
RS Spyder, which provided impressive proof of its efficiency with
its multiple victories in the Michelin Green X Challenge in the
American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le
Mans. Power transmission to the rear wheels is by means of a
compact, seven gear Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). This is
complemented by two electric motors – one each on the front and rear
axle – with a joint mechanical output of at least 160 kW (218 hp).
This configuration offers an innovative, variable all-wheel drive
with independent control of the propulsion force on both axles. The
energy storage unit is a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can
be charged from a conventional domestic power socket, delivering a
range in excess of 25 km (16 miles) in the NEDC on purely electric
power. The charging time depends on the country-specific mains
network, being approximately three hours in Germany, for example. A
quick charging option is planned to reduce charging time yet
The 918 Spyder’s combined total fuel consumption in the NEDC (ECE-R
101) is anticipated to be 3.0 l/100 km (94 mpg imp.), equating to
CO2 emissions of 70 g/km (112 g/mile). Despite that, the super
sports car offers performance of the highest order. It accelerates
from a standing start to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a maximum of 3.2
seconds and has a top speed of more than 320 km/h (199 mph). That
means the Spyder will be able to manage a lap of the Nürburgring
Nordschleife in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds – trumping
the Porsche Carrera GT, which needs seven minutes and 32 seconds.
The top speed on purely electric power is 150 km/h (94 mph).
To shorten the time the customer has to wait for the 918 Spyder,
Porsche is offering everyone placing an order the exclusive
opportunity to acquire a 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder”, also
limited to no more than 918 units. Visually, both inside and out,
the special edition is inspired by the 918 Spyder's characteristic
individual features. That includes the distinctive acid green
features such as the specific and part-embroidered model logos and
seams, the instrument cluster needles, the specific PCM screen and
illuminated door entry guards. The limited edition badge on the
glove compartment lid bears the same number as the 918 Spyder the
customer has ordered. The 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder” can also
be ordered in the same colour.
Both the technology and basic equipment of the new 911 Turbo S
“Edition 918 Spyder” are based on the 530 hp (295 kW) 911 Turbo S.
In the case of the special edition, the already comprehensive
standard equipment is complemented in particular by an enhanced
leather interior, a special instrumentation version and additional
carbon elements both inside and out.
The 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder” is being offered to coincide
with the commencement of sales of the 918 Spyder with deliveries
starting in June 2011. The Coupé version of the special edition
costs 173,241 Euro in Germany and 184,546 Euro as a Cabriolet –
including VAT and country-specific equipment items respectively.