Porsche have revealed the final road going production version of the 918 Spyder. The image was released on Porsches Twitter Channel with the tweet reading “The latest production version of the #Porsche 918 Spyder at Monterey Motor Week”.
First revealed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the 918 Spyder features a high performance parallel hybrid engine which means it can be driven both by the combustion engine or the electric motors. Apart from a 4.6 litre 608 bhp V8 mated to a 7 speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) aka dual clutch transmission, the 918 Spyder also features two permanently energized electric motors both at the front and rear wheel. The two motors draw power from a 6.8 kW liquid cooled lithium ion battery further adding another 279 bhp taking the cumulative power tally to 887 bhp.
Talking of performance numbers, the Porsche 918 Spyder hits the 100 kph mark from standstill in 2.8 seconds with a top speed of 340 kph. Under ‘only-electric’ mode, the 918 can hit a max of 150 kph. Other features such as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) ensure road handling of the sports hybrid. An electric locking differential and drive torque regulation between the front and rear axles manage optimum torque distribution under varied driving conditions. Stopping power to the 20 inch front and 21 inch rear wheels is provided by Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) which Porsche claims to have tested under the harshest of conditions at the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series. The monocoque body shell construction is composed of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CRP) with 2 removable roof sections that could be removed and easily stored in the luggage compartment.
Now that reads of an extremely exotic roadgoing sports car and should throw a wind of caution to the LaFerrari and the Mclaren P1.
But if we had to choose a personal best feature from the 918 Spyder, it would actually be those two top mounted exhaust pipes. What do you say?