Porsche 918 Spyder at Frankfurt International Motor Show
In a year when Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911 most visitors to the German sports car maker’s stall would have expected a 911 to take centre stage rather than the 918 Spyder. Only 918 examples of the successor to the Porsche Carrera GT will be produced and each will come with a hybrid powertrain consisting of two electric motors and a 4.6 litre V8 petrol engine. Together these three power plants produce 887bhp and 944lb-ft of torque. Power comes through to the rear wheels via a seven-speed auto transmission, and Porsche has included a regenerative system that helps top up the 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack every time the brakes are used.
The 918 Spyder can be driven in five different modes – “E-Power”, “Hybrid”, “Sport Hybrid”, “Race Hybrid” and “Hot Lap”. With only the electric power engaged the 0-62mph time is 7.0 secs and the top speed is 93mph, both of which should be more than enough for most road driving. But the 918 Spyder is capable of a 2.8 secs time for the 0-62mph sprint and a 214mph top speed when all engines are engaged. The 918’s fuel economy is impressive at 71mpg, a figure that’s been improved thanks to the inclusion of Porsche’s Porsche Active Aerodynamic (PAA) system which adjusts the aerodynamics.
Porsche is also showcasing a 911 on their stall this year. The Porsche 911 GT3, which was first shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, is powered by a 3.8 litre six-cylinder that produces 475bhp and 325lb-ft of peak torque. The German marque has included their PDK seven-speed dual-clutch transmission on this 911 that sends power through to the rear wheels via a locking differential. Although this 911 can’t compare with the 918, it’s top speed is an impressive 195mph and the 0-62mph sprint takes just 3.5 secs.