2015 Porsche 918 Spyder First Drive European Car Magazine

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A supercar as momentous as the 959

Porsche 918 Supecar Details:

887hp, 944 lb-ft | 0-60mph in 2.5sec | Top speed 211mph

Carbon fiber structure | Plug-in hybrid | All-wheel drive

608hp V8 in rear with 156hp electric motor

Carbon-ceramic brakes | Hybrid braking | Rear wheel steer

7-speed PDK dual-clutch transaxle | 129hp electric motor in front with its own transmission for all-wheel drive

Lightweight Weissach Package option tested

Five drive modes allowing fully electric or hybrid drive

PASM adaptive damping


Electric rear sterring, electro-mechanical front steering

7hr battery recharge from 110V AC supply

Active aerodynamics

Pros: Design and Performance | Cons: Price

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Nine hundred and forty four pound-feet of torque crushes the competition. Yet Porsche’s engineering team downplays the output of the 918 Spyder; the automaker’s first new supercar since the Carrera GT was discontinued in 2006. Instead, the men in white lab coats speak about the challenge, and eventual success, of building a new flagship supercar embedded with technology that will serve as the company’s gene pool for many decades to come.

The 918 Spyder program was launched in the summer of 2010 and, in short order, a low-slung carbon-bodied coupe was spotted testing. Details leaked of the mule’s plug-in hybrid, all-wheel drive powertrain, active aerodynamics and motorsport innovation. Finally, at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche revealed the 918 Spyder supercar had lapped the Nordschleife in 6:57min — setting a new world record for a production vehicle in the process.

But it would be months before those not on the company’s payroll would be invited to slip behind the three-spoke wheel, snug themselves into the thinly padded carbon fiber bucket seat, insert the key and mash the accelerator to the floor.

The heart of the 918 Spyder is its innovative all-wheel drive propulsion system. Nestled low, just aft of the driver in the carbon fiber tub, is a race-bred, dry-sumped, 4.6-liter V8 that develops 608hp. Sandwiched between it and the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox is a 156hp electric motor.

One or both can drive the rear wheels.

The front wheels are powered by a separate 129hp electric motor, able to operate independently or in conjunction with the rear engines, based on demand.

The total system power is rated at 887hp, with an extraordinary 944 lb-ft of torque — most of the legendary Porsche race car models haven’t been this powerful!

Ensuring the supercar power remains accessible is the adaptive damping of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). Electro-mechanical steering systems, on both the front and rear axles, improve agility and stability (the rears turn up to 3? in either direction with electric assistance).

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