Hybrid supercar segment is suddenly heating up at an alarming rate. While BMW i8, about which we reported earlier today, is still some months away from entering the car market, Porsche is almost done with the development of the 918 Spyder, about which we have been talking on a regular basis.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is to German performance car maker what the P1 and LaFerrari are to McLaren and Ferrari respectively. Regulars here would remember that we recently posted first official images of the 918 Spyder and now, what we have here today are official specs of the upcoming hybrid supercar.
The Porsche 918 Spyder sports a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine which, along with more electronics than you might have in your house, endows the car with a max power output of 868 hp. Out of this, the mighty V8 accounts for more than 600hp of power.
The Porsche 918 Spyder has a total of five modes of power delivery.
E-Power– This mode allows the car to run only on electric power. This mode offers a range of 30 km on full battery charge and the car can accelerate to 100kmph from standstill in just 7 seconds. Top speed is 150 kmph.
Hybrid– In Hybrid mode, the car switches between the electric motor and the combustion engine for optimum fuel economy.
Sport Hybrid– In “Sport Hybrid” mode, the 4.6-liter V8 remains permanently on duty, with aid from electric motor.
Race Hybrid– The response from V8 engine and PDK gearbox are sharpened up for more performance, with inputs from electric motor for optimum acceleration.
Hot Lap– In this setup, the car makes full use of battery power for assisting the engine, thus providing scintillating performance but ultra low range of batteries.
The car has been priced at €781,155 and only 918 units will be ever built. And just in case you have been busy looking for performance numbers, the car can dismiss 100kmph from standstill in 2.8 secs when in Hot Lap mode and has a top speed of 337kmph.