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The Porsche 918 Spyder was a mid-engined, plug-in hybrid hypercar that finally proved that gearheads had nothing to worry about when it came to hybrid technology becoming a bigger part of our automobiles. The heart of the Porsche 918 Spyder was a naturally-aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine that was capable of producing 608 horsepower that was paired with two electric motors that delivered an additional 279 horsepower each, for a combined total of 887 horsepower. Production on the Porsche 918 began on September 18, 2013 and ran through June 2015 (all VINs were 2015 model year cars). Each car had a starting price of $845,000 (U.S.) and sold out quickly (by December, 2014). The car was an absolute beast. In an independent series of speed tests performed by Car and Driver Magazine, the Porsche 918, achieved a 0-62 mph of just 2.6 seconds, a 0-100 mph time of 4.9 seconds and a 0-180 mph time of just 17.5 seconds. It is one of the fastest accelerating cars on the planet and its top speed is up there too with the fastest cars in the world. More importantly, it was an amazing car to drive, Porsche having nailed the calibration of the advanced systems, allowing the car to be pushed to its limits while still feeling like a true Porsche sports car.
Porsche 918 Spyder Basics
Manufacturer: Porsche AG / Production Years: September 2013–June 2015 / Model Years: 2015 / Production: 918 units / Assembly: Germany: Stuttgart, Zuffenhausen / Designer: Michael Mauer / Body style: 2-door roadster (Spyder) / Layout: Mid-engine, all-wheel-drive / Engine: 4.6 L (4,593 cc) Porsche MR6 V8 / Electric motor: 2 electric motors on front and rear axle / Power output: 652 kW (887 PS; 875 hp) / Transmission: 7-speed PDK dual-clutch / Battery: 6.8 kW·h liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery / Dimensions: Wheelbase: 2,730 mm (107.5 in), Length: 4,643 mm (182.8 in), Width: 1,940 mm (76.4 in), Height: 1,167 mm (45.9 in), Kerb weight: 1,634–1,720 kg (3,602–3,791 lb) / Predecessor: Porsche Carrera
918 Specs and Performance Comparison
We compare the Porsche 918s performance numbers against some other famous Porsche cars. The main driver of the Porsche 918s staggering performance is that amazing powertrain. The 4.6-litre, eight-cylinder engine coupled with the hybrid module and all of its advanced electronics and hardware make the 918 an absolute performance monster, even compared to other very fast Porsche models. These numbers are official, but verified third parties have actually been able to show that the Porsche 918 is even faster in the real world. Nuts.
|Model||2015 918 Spyder||2015 918 Spyder Weissach||2010 911 997 GT2 RS||2004 Carrera GT||1997 911 996 GT1 street version||1987 959 Sport|
|Power unit||4.6 Liter V8 + electric motors||4.6 Liter V8 + electric motors||3.6 Liter Flat 6 bi-turbo||5.7 Liter V10||3.2 Liter Flat 6 bi-turbo||2.8 Liter Flat 6 bi-turbo|
|Torque (ft lbs)||674||674||515||435||441||368|
|Gearbox||7-speed PDK||7-speed PDK||6-speed Manual||6-speed Manual||6-speed Manual||6-speed Manual|
|0-60 mph||2.6 seconds||2.5 seconds||3.4 seconds||3.8 seconds||3.7 seconds||3.6 seconds|
|0-100 km/h||2.8 seconds||2.6 seconds||3.5 seconds||3.9 seconds||3.9 seconds||3.7 seconds|
|0-200 km/h||7.7 seconds||7.2 seconds||9.8 seconds||9.9 seconds||10.5 seconds||13.0 seconds|
|0-300 km/h||22.0 seconds||19.9 seconds||28.9 seconds|
|1/4 Mile Time||9.80 seconds|
|Top Speed||214 mph||214 mph||205 mph||205 mph||191 mph||197 mph|
|Weight (kg)||1675 kg||1634 kg||1370 kg||1380 kg||1150 kg||1350 kg|
|Weight (lbs)||3692 lbs||3602 lbs||3020 lbs||3042 lbs||2535 lbs||2976 lbs|
|Power-to-weight||389 W/kg||399 W/kg||333 W/kg||326 W/kg||348 W/kg||245 W/kg|
|Dimensions mm||4643 x 1940 x 1167||4643 x 1940 x 1167||4469 x 1852 x 1285||4613 x 1921 x 1166||4710 x 1950 x 1170||4260 x 1839 x 1280|
|Production (units)||918 units||(incl in 918 numbers)||500 units||1270 units||20 units||292 units|
|Nordschleife Lap Time||6:57||7:18||7:28|
Porsche 918 Questions Answered
We get dozens of questions each year about the Porsche 918 Spyder, so we decided to give you all the answers.
How much did the Porsche 918 Spyder cost when new?
The Porsche 918 pricing started at €781,000 in Europe and US$845,000 in the U.S. Clearly that was base price and options were added on top. We have seen cars with $150,000 in options and even $63,000 custom paint jobs (Liquid Metal Paint). The Weissach package was another $84,000 also.
How much does the Porsche 918 Spyder cost now?
The market for the Porsche 918 Spyder has been healthy in recent years. We have seen cars in the $1.1 million to $1.7 million dollar range. At auction, most cars sell above asking and with Porsche still offering servicing and support, we expect that the market prices for the Porsche 918 will stay well above $1 million for the foreseeable future and start to push the $2 million mark for prime examples.
How many Porsche 918 Spyders were made?
During the 918s 21-month production run, Porsche built a total of 918 units. Although production went from 2013 to 2015, all 918 Spyder cars were designated at 2015 model year cars. We were not able to find the exact split between base cars and Weissach optioned cars, but most sources suggest as many as 25% of all 918 Spyders came with the Weissach options.
Is the Porsche 918 a road legal production car?
Yes it is. Those of you remembering the days of Bill Gates smuggling a 959 into the U.S need not fret, the Porsche 918 Spyder was designed, tested, and legalized as a street-legal road car all over the world.
More Porsche 918 Fun Facts
What Porsche 918 configurations are there?
There were two main configurations for the Porsche 918 Spyder. There was the "Base" model and the "Base with Weissach Package". There were also tons of options and customization a customer could choose.
What is the 918 Spyder Weissach Package?
"The" package to get with the 918 Spyder is the Weissach Package because it gives you a bunch of cool additions to the base 918 Spyder. You get improved aerodynamics, 90 lbs in weight savings (down from 3,715 lbs. to 3,616 lbs). Other tasty items include magnesium wheels, a lighter brake design, ceramic wheel bearings and titanium bolts for the chassis. Performance also improves, with 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds. The overall result is a sharper, more focused 918.
What is t Is The Top Speed Of The Porsche 918 Spyder?
Officially, the Porsche 918 can hit a top speed of 214 mph. The inside scoop is that the 918 Spyder would have a higher top speed if it wasn't for those tires.
How fast is does the Porsche 918 Spyder lap the Nurburging?
6 minutes 57 seconds. Curious to see the record-breaking Nürburgring Lap with the 918 Spyder? Sit back and enjoy the onboard-footage in this video. What is even cooler is that an early prototype driven by Marc Lieb managed a 7 minute and 14 second time before the car was even ready.
Porsche 918 Spyder 0-60 mph time?
Acceleration from zero to 60 mph is over in just 2.6 seconds, but several third party testers were actually able to do it in an absurd 2.2 seconds.
Porsche 918 quarter-mile time?
The Porsche 918 Spyder knocks the quarter mile time over in a scant 9.8 seconds.
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