Another DRIVERSHALL showroom highlight: The Porsche Spyder 918 ⚡️
Hard to believe it's been seven years since the first Porsche 918 Spyder debuted in Frankfurt. It's more mind-blowing knowing Porsche pulled the cover off the first concept three years earlier in Geneva. But in 2020, with Porsche's ongoing push towards electrification looking at the 918 makes a lot of sense.
Production: 918 units
Production time: Sep 2013 - Jun 2015
Engine: 4.6 L V8
Electric motors: 2 on front and rear axe
Battery: 6.8 kW·h liquid-cooled lithium ion
Range: 680 km
Electric range: 19km
Sold to: 297 USA, ~100 Germany, ~China, 35 Canada
The car was Porsche's first production hybrid; an 875-horsepower (643-kilowatts) hypercar is a hell of a way to dip one's toe into the world of electrification. The naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8, borrowed from the RS Spyder Le Mans Prototype racing car, produced 600 hp (447 kilowatts) and 398 lb-ft (539 Newton-meters) of torque on its own. Aided by two electric motors, providing a total 282 hp (210 kW), the 918 was able to achieve its impressive total output.
The 918 showed up at an interesting time, too. Ferrari unveiled its own V12-powered, hybridized hypercar with nearly 1,000 hp (745 kW) on tap – the LaFerrari – just a few months prior, and McLaren did the same with the P1 in 2012. The British brand's twin-turbocharged V8 and an in-house electric motor gave the P1 nearly 900 hp (671 kW). But while the 918 had less power than LaFerrari at launch, and weighed slightly more than the P1 (3,602 pounds vs. 3,411 pounds), it proved itself more so than the other two on the track.
Today, the 918 stands for an awe-inspiring start to Porsche’s electrification era.