Porsche 918 Spyder orders open
23rd March, 2011
Porsche is now seeking buyers for their new 918 Spyder
sports car. This new model features a plug-in hybrid drive system. Production development is proceeding in
the wake of the appearance of the concept car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Thanks to its hybrid
technology, the 918 Spyder is estimated to consume a mere three litres of fuel per 100 kilometres based on
the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) when 'running' on electric power. Its V8 engine delivers more than
368 kW (500 hp), assisted by two electric motors with a total of at least 160 kW (218 hp).
To ensure a 918 Spyder’s exclusivity, the two-seater is limited to no more than 918 units. Production
of the Porsche 918 Spyder is scheduled to commence on 18th September 2013 in a quasi manufacturing
operation at Porsche’s main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Delivery of the cars will commence in November
The production car's design 'DNA' is derived from the Carrera GT and Porsche 917 sports car as well as
the RS Spyder and is very closely modelled on the 2010 concept car. Unlike the concept car, however, the
production version of the two-seater, based on a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque, features a
manual roof system with removable roof panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is driven by a unique type of plug-in hybrid system. It comprises a high-revving
V8 engine with a displacement exceeding four litres and output of more than 368 kW (500 hp). The mid-engine
power unit is based on the racing engine of the successful Porsche RS Spyder, which provided proof of its
efficiency with its multiple victories in the Michelin Green X Challenge in the American Le Mans Series,
the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Power transmission to the rear wheels is by means of a
compact, seven gear Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). This is complemented by two electric motors –
one each on the front and rear axle – with a joint mechanical output of at least 160 kW (218 hp). This
configuration offers an innovative, variable all-wheel drive with independent control of the propulsion
force on both axles. The energy storage unit is a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be charged
from a conventional domestic power socket, delivering a potential range in excess of 25 km (16 miles) in
the NEDC on purely electric power (subject to conditions though). The charging time depends on the
country-specific mains network, being approximately three hours in Germany, for example. A quick charging
option is planned to reduce charging time yet further.
The 918 Spyder’s combined total fuel consumption in the NEDC (ECE-R 101) is anticipated to be 3.0
litres/100 km, equating to CO2 emissions of 70 g/km (112 g/mile). Despite that, the sports car offers
performance of the highest order (but not at 3 l/100 km). It accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h
(62 mph) in a maximum of 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of more than 320 km/h (199 mph). That means the
Spyder will be able to manage a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes and 30
seconds – trumping the Porsche Carrera GT, which needs seven minutes and 32 seconds. The top speed on
purely electric power is 150 km/h (94 mph).
To shorten the time the customer has to wait for the 918 Spyder, Porsche is offering everyone placing
an order the exclusive opportunity to acquire a 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder”, also limited to no more
than 918 units. Visually, both inside and out, the special edition is inspired by the 918 Spyder's
characteristic individual features. That includes the distinctive acid green features such as the
specific and part-embroidered model logos and seams, the instrument cluster needles, the specific PCM
screen and illuminated door entry guards. The limited edition badge on the glove compartment lid bears the
same number as the 918 Spyder the customer has ordered. The 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder” can also be
ordered in the same colour.
Both the technology and basic equipment of the new 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder” are based on the
295 kW (530 hp) 911 Turbo S. In the case of the special edition, the already comprehensive standard
equipment is complemented by an enhanced leather interior, a special instrumentation version and additional
carbon elements both inside and out.
The 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder” is being offered to coincide with the commencement of sales of the
918 Spyder with deliveries starting in June 2011.