Porsche 918 Spyder orders open

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The Porsche 918 Spyder, with a 718 hp plug-in hybrid drivetrain capable of 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds, 94 mpg, and 70 g/km CO2, is now available to order.

As you might imagine, the two-seater isn’t cheap, costing Euro 645,000, subject to VAT and on-the-road charges.

Of course the 94 mpg, or three litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, is based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). It’s unlikely that any owners would follow this cycle every time they drive therefore in reality it would be a miracle if anyone achieved anything near these economy or emission figures in reality.

Its V8 engine delivers more than 500 hp, assisted by two electric motors with a total of at least 160 kW (218 hp).

Production of the 918 Spyder, which will be offered in left-hand drive only, is limited to no more than 918 units. Manufacturing will start in September 2013 and delivery of the first vehicles will commence in November 2013.

The design is derived from the Carrera GT and Porsche 917 race 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 plug-in hybrid system that comprises a high-revving V8 engine with a displacement over 4.0-litres and an output of more than 500 hp. The mid-engine power unit is based on the racing engine of the Porsche RS Spyder.

Power transmission to the rear wheels is via a seven speed 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 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 from a 230v domestic power supply. A quick charging option is planned to reduce charging time yet further.

The combined total fuel consumption of the 918 Spyder in the NEDC (ECE-R 101) is anticipated to be 3.0 l/100 km (94 mpg), equating to CO2 emissions of 70 g/km. It also 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) (note that these economy and performance figures won’t be achieved at the same time).

The Spyder will be able to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes and 30 seconds – ahead of the Porsche Carrera GT at seven minutes and 32 seconds. The top speed on purely electric power is 150 km/h (94 mph).

Porsche is also offering every customer placing an order the opportunity to acquire a 911 Turbo S ‘Edition 918 Spyder’, also limited to 918 units.