Best Auto Cars: Porsche 918 Spyder



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Porsche 918 Spyder

by Britta Beduhn-Haverkamp

The Porsche 918 Spyder is limited to exaclty 918 units and more than half of them were sold before the first vehicle was delivered to customers in spring 2014. With the 918 Spyder, Porsche is launching the future of the sportscar: As the first vehicle to boast road homologation, the model beat the record of seven minutes set for a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving a time of 6:57 minutes. What's more, the 918 Spyder can glide through the city without releasing any emissions, and virtually without a sound. The maximum level of performance delivered by the vehicle through its system output of 887 hp and minimal consumption figure of 3 litres per 100 kilometres, thanks to a unique plug-in hybrid concept. To meet the driver's requirements, the 918 Spyder exhausts all possibilities offered by the combined drive of combustion engine and electric motor. The two electric motors with a combined 286 hp (210 kW). Its range extends from pure electric driving over a distance of 30 kilometres. The 4.6-litre V8 engine is taken directly from the power unit of the successful RS Spyder - it delivers 608 hp (447 kW).

The cockpit concept is divided into two basic sections: The first section comprises the controls that are important for driving. These items are grouped around the multifunction steering wheel and combined with driver information displayed on three large round instruments. The second section comprises the infotainment block housed in the elevated centre console, which was originally introduced in the Carrera GT. Systems like climate control, wing adjustment, lighting and Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, along with the Burmester High-End sound system with 11 loudspeakers, can be operated intuitively via the multi-touch control functions on the innovative black panel display. The carbon of the monocoque is visible in the entire interior, showing the motorsport feeling characterised by the 918 Spyder.

Also available in sports trim Weissach package, the 918 Spyder achieves maximum system performance of 887 hp and a crankshaft-equivalent maximum torque of 1280 Nm in seventh gear. The term “crankshaft-equivalent” in this context expresses the level of torque the engine would have to produce in the case of a conventional drive to build up and deliver the same tractive force to the drive wheels. The characteristics of the high-speed, naturally aspirated engine delivering significant torque at elevated rpm levels, and the electric motors delive - ring significant torque even from stationary, complement one another perfectly: Within a broad speed range of 800 – 5000 rpm, the torque level remains above 800 Nm at all times. For the driver, this means virtually limitless power from the very first revolution, paired with fast starts, a powerful response and impressive acceleration. It also ensures enormous driving pleasure when the powerful-torque electric motors provide an additional boost to the V8 high-speed engine, delivering catapult-like accelerating power. The vehicle accele rates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.6 seconds, and from 0 to 200 km/h in 7.3 seconds.

Engine: V 8 + 2 electric motors
Horsepower: 887 hp (652 kW) combined = 608 hp (447 kW) + 286 bhp (210 kW) electric
Top Speed: 214 mph (345 km/h)  / electric: 93 mph (150 km/h) 
Peak torque: from 1280 Nm (941 lb ft)
Acceleration: from 0-60 mph in 2.5 sec (0-100 km/h in 2.6) 

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