Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybridMay 21, 201221 May 2012 by Paul Clarke
The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid will have a top speed of 201mph, 0-62mph acceleration in less than 3 seconds, along with fuel economy of 94 mpg, and 70 g/km CO 2 emissions.
Initial prototypes are now on the road and production will start in September 2013, with the first customers receiving their vehicles before the end of that year.
The super sports car is a plug-in hybrid vehicle combining a high performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors. Total power output will be more than 770 hp, yet with fuel consumption in the region of 94 mpg.
The mid-engined 918 Spyder has a 4.6-litre V8 producing 570 hp together with a 90 kW hybrid module on the rear axle and a 80 kW electric motor on the front axle, producing 770 hp in total. It will have a purely electric range of over 15 miles.
The 918 Spyder has a full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear axle steering and the upward-venting ‘top pipes’ exhaust system.
The current focus is on the integration of the individual drive components – the combination of a combustion engine and two independent electric motors – one on the front axle and one in the drive line, acting on the rear wheels.