There aren’t that many manufacturers which produce high-performing cars, selling in droves. Porsche is one of them and Germans are without a doubt going ahead of the time. They have announced their new hypercar for 2015, 2015 Porsche 918 Hybrid and it will be Spyder with hybrid powertrain.
Design – Outside and Inside Look
918 Spyder’s exterior design speaks for itself. A true Porsche up front with low nose, pronounced wheel arches and oval lights in them, grows into something different out back. Just behind the doors, beginning at rear wheel arches are huge air intakes which stretch from the floor to above the beltline. Small cabin with double bubble roof grows into a cooling system out back, and rear end is finished with optional spoiler and rectangular tail-lights among others.
Inside, you’ll get plenty of carbon fiber and brushed aluminum surfaces, and what isn’t that is covered with leather. Racing steering wheel and fixed-back carbon fiber bucket seats clearly tell you not to be fooled by all the luxury furbishes for this is still a car made for track. There’s a touch of unconventional in this Porsche’s beast as instead of regular controls, 918 gets capacitive touch sensors in a narrow strip which falls down the cabin from the prolonged gauge and infotainment cluster. First screen is there, on the strip and it displays cabin controls, while the other one is above it and is responsible for navigation and rearview camera use.
Under the Hood and Performance
4.6L V8 engine with 608 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque moves this super race car. But it’s not only internal combustion engine. There are a couple of electric motors as well, one with 129 hp on the front axle and another 156 hp one at the rear. Together, these two motors and aforementioned engine deliver insane 887 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque of net hybrid system output. This is enough for a top speed of 214 mph and 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. That was enough for a record lap at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife of 6 minutes, 57 seconds, nearly half a minute faster than 918’s future rivals. This was also made possible thanks to a PDK dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox. Short all-electric drive is another feat made available by a liquid-cooled 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery.
2015 Porsche 918 Hybrid Price details
918 Spyder hybrid will be able to offer 67 mpg estimated in hybrid mode and 22 mpg in pure gasoline mode which are more than good numbers for almost 900 horsepower. However, price is another thing that sticks out in this modern supercar as it will cost $850,000.
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder stayed true to the German pony builder in extravagance and performance alike. It is something different, however and already distanced itself from the competitors as no sub $ million car can keep up with it. Very good fuel efficiency comes as a bonus, especially because those that can afford it will surely want to cruise around the city in it.