Porsche Unveils 500hp Plug-in Spyder 918 at Geneva Pre-Show
In brief: The night before the Geneva Motor Show opened to the press, Porsche held a party and unveiled their new plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder to a breathless crowd.
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Make/Model: 918 Spyder PHEV
The car is not just a supercar, it's better than that, agreed most of those who saw it unveiled for the first time. The new Spyder has everything: 500 horsepower, 78mpg, 198mph top speed, 0-62 in 3.2 seconds, and a lot of other things that some are saying could kill the much-anticipated Audi E-Tron before it even hits market.
Of course, all of the claims for the vehicle's abilities are untested, but given it's super-hot looks and the backing of Porsche - a leader in speed - it will probably deliver.
The 918 Spyder has a V8 coupled with two electric motors, which make up 218 of the 500 total horses. The only thing Porsche is telling us about the engine itself is that it is the same one used in the RS Spyder racer.
The engine sits up front while the motors sit one on each axle, in between is a 7-speed PDK gearbox and a set of lithium-ion batteries behind the seats.
The supercar has an all-electric range of 18 miles at reasonable speeds, with parallel operation possible in some of the other modes, which include E-Drive (all-electric), Hybrid (for cruising), Sport Hybrid (for a little extra), and Race Hybrid for pure power (forget the efficiency).
The framing is a magnesium-aluminum alloy and the whole curb weight of the 918 Spyder is only 3,285 pounds. This is definitely not your college boy 911.
And so ...
Very impressive, though it will undoubtedly (if produced) come at a steep price.
Photo credits: Porsche
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