Press Release: Orders Now Open For Porsche 918 Hybrid Supercar


The wait is over for the people that have $845,000 for a new Porsche 918 Hybrid Spyder.

The supercar that’s put everyone on their knees at auto shows and car events alike, is finally coming up for sale. Only 918 models will be produced and will begin arriving stateside near the end of 2013.

Now most of you aren’t shocked to see this since Porsche has been long trying to find the right successor to the crown held by the Carrera GT. The 918 Spyder can certainly take over. With at least 500 hp coming from its mid-mounted 4.0-liter V8 power plant, as well as two electric plug-in motors making 218 hp. The 918 Spyder’s 0-60 times will happen in around 3.1-seconds, Porsche estimates. But I don’t doubt that the 918 will be faster than that once people start learning how to launch them properly. Top speed is also believed to be 199 mph.

Somehow, though, I have an inkling that the top speed of the 918 Spyder will be a bit higher than 199 mph. No word on fuel economy rating for the U.S.

Also, you’ll be able to drive on sole battery power up to 94 mph, under the correct conditions. One battery is located at each axle, helping to provide the right amount of power, but also the perfect balance for weight distribution. Power will be transferred to the wheels via Porsche’s much-loved PDK transmission.

So if you’ve got $845,000 (not including destination and handling fees) in the bank account, and want the absolute premier hybrid supercar, then I think this is the car for you.

Each owner will also have the choice of purchasing a brand-new, limited edition Porsche 911 Turbo S 918 Edition coupe or cabriolet. Each model will come with special 918 Spyder plaques as well as 918 Hybrid lime green decals, colored brake calipers, interior leather stitching and piping. Prices start at $160,700 for the coupe and $172,100 for the convertible respectively, excluding destination. So prices will not be increased for special application of the limited to 918 Turbo S models, and no discounts will be applied for purchasing a 918 Spyder.

Basically, you can only opt to buy a 918 Turbo S edition if you’ve ordered your 918 Hybrid Spyder. So you can have two collector cars in your garage. One to plug in, and the other to drive when that one’s charging. Sounds like fun to me. For the price of a million dollars, you’ve got two cars, whereas you only get one with the Bugatti Veyron. And I’m sure the running costs are a hell of a lot less, too.

Porsche Press Release:

Porsche’s Plug-in Hybrid 918 Spyder Goes From Dream to Reality

Now available for ordering, the 918 Spyder will feature cutting-edge plug-in hybrid technology and stunning performance, forever changing the future of the super sports car

ATLANTA – March 21, 2011 — After outstanding customer response to the concept car first shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche today announced that dealers around the world will begin taking 918 Spyder customer orders. This is a significant step toward actual production of the company’s next super sports car, a Porsche that marries unique plug-in hybrid technology and outstanding performance in a visually stunning and purely Porsche package.

The 918 Spyder will feature a high revving 500-plus horsepower V8 engine assisted by two electric motors with a total of at least 218 horsepower, yet Porsche estimates it will consume only 3.0 L/100 km based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Official EPA fuel economy figures or estimates will be announced just before the first customer cars begin arriving in the United States near the end of 2013.

To ensure the 918 Spyder’s worldwide exclusivity, Porsche will produce no more than 918 examples. Start of production at Porsche’s famed factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen is planned for Sept. 18, 2013 (9/18), and the U.S. base manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $845,000 (excluding destination and handling charges).

With its design inspired by past Porsches like the Carrera GT super sports car and the legendary 917 and highly successful RS Spyder race cars, the 918 Spyder remains faithful to the 2010 concept car. Unlike the concept car, the two-seat production version, based on a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic monocoque, will feature a manual roof system with removable panels that can be stored in the front luggage compartment.

Super high performance with very low fuel consumption and emissions

The 918 Spyder will be powered by a unique plug-in hybrid system that will include a high-revving, mid-mounted V8 engine with capacity of more than 4.0 liters and producing at least 500 horsepower. The engine will be based on the Porsche RS Spyder racing engine that demonstrated its impressive performance and efficiency through multiple Michelin Green X Challenge victories in the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Power will be transferred to the rear wheels via Porsche’s compact, seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch gearbox.

Two electric motors – one each on the front and rear axles – together will provide approximately 218 additional horsepower. This configuration also will offer an innovative, variable all-wheel drive system with independent control of the drive forces on both axles. Electrical energy will be stored in a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from a standard household outlet. Electric-only driving range is expected to be more than 16 miles on the NEDC. Recharge time will depend on each country’s electrical power network, but charging is expected to take about seven hours at 110V/10A in the United States. A quick-charge option is being evaluated to further reduce charging times.

With anticipated combined fuel consumption of just 3.0 L/100 km on the NEDC, this equates to CO2 emissions of only 70 g/km or 112 g/mile. On the other hand, the Porsche 918 Spyder will deliver super sports car performance. It is estimated that the final production version will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 3.1 seconds on its way to an estimated top track speed of 199 mph. It should also tackle Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than 7 minutes and 30 seconds, two seconds faster than the Porsche Carrera GT. Under the right conditions, the 918 Spyder will be able to drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 94 mph for limited distances.

Customers who order the 918 Spyder also have the opportunity to acquire a special-edition 911 Turbo S Coupe or Cabriolet. Also limited to no more than 918 units, the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder will have exterior and interior design elements echoing the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder supercar’s styling. It features similar exterior colors, carbon-fiber elements inside and out, enhanced leather equipment and numerous acid-green accents on items such as the brake calipers, illuminated sill plates, interior stitching and instrument cluster needles. A limited-edition badge on the glove compartment door will feature the same production number as the customer’s 918 Spyder.

Worldwide 918 Spyder customers can begin ordering this special edition 911 Turbo S sports car today, and customer deliveries will start later in 2011. The U.S. base manufacturer’s suggested retail prices for the Coupe and Cabriolet versions are the same as the standard 911 Turbo S models, $160,700 and $172,100 respectively, excluding destination.

[Source: Porsche USA]