Skip to comments.Porsche Showcases Gorgeous 78 MPG 918 Spyder Plug-in Hybrid Concept [720 hp, 3.2s 0-60]
Posted on 03/01/2010 2:20:07 PM PST by wolf78
Porsche unveiled its new 918 Spyder concept that not only brings sleek styling to the table, but also a wealth of high-tech powertrain goodness. Looking somewhat like a gorgeous mashup up of a Ferrari F430, Porsche Carrera GT, Porsche Boxster, and Porsche 911 GT1, the 918 Spyder concept features a mid-engine layout, seating for two people, and all-wheel drive.
The roadster also features dual side-exiting exhaust pipes on either side of the vehicle along with a nod to the past with an intriguing "disk" wheel design.
Being that this is a Porsche first and foremost, this vehicle is all about performance. Gone is the flat-6 that powers the mid-engined Boxster and Cayenne (along with the rear-engined 911) and in its place is a high-revving (9,200 rpm) V8 engine producing 500 hp. As if that wasn't enough, there are also two electric motors installed in the vehicle (one for the front axle, one for the rear axle). The electric motors add another 218 hp to the mix.
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The electric hybrid system can be a great power-adder. The Honda Insight’s IMA system is like a little turbo.
Awesome! I get a ________ just looking at it.
I’m looking at getting the Mrs a Panamara, waiting till I can find one used.
No, that’s not right. It’s an immutable law of nature that hybrids must be ugly/goofy-looking.
Arent’ we entitled to one from the government, along with a garage and an attached house to go with it?
I want an electric Porsche like I want another ex wife.
Beautiful but totally inpractical car for 99.5% of the public. You have to have more money than God to afford this type of vehicle. Porsches are great if you make $500K a year or perhaps even more.
It’s “green”, I wonder if there’s a tax write-off that comes with it.
I don’t believe the mpg...
It can go 16 miles on electric charge... After that you’re burning gas. For a long trip the mpg will be the normal 10-15mpg for a car like this.
“Gone is the flat-6 that powers the mid-engined Boxster and Cayenne (along with the rear-engined 911)”
You should be jailed for referring to a 911 as though it were an “also ran”, you f’idiot.
356’s and 911’s ARE Porsche.
Only if you make under 30Gs a year
Calculating the MPG of a plug-in anything is like calculating the number of "jobs saved"
Now we just need a better economy so someone can afford to buy the car. :)
” want an electric Porsche like I want another ex wife”
Sir, you have hit the nail on the head.(me shuddering)
Look at Maserati Quattroporte’s ,, you can get a good low mileage trade in for $30K==>$35K ... you get that beautiful Italian 8cyl music and launch control...
Something doesn’t add up here.
718 hp, <3300 pounds, all wheel drive, and it takes 3.2 seconds to hit 60?
The 911 turbo weighs 3500, has 500 hp, and claims 3.1 seconds.
The GT2 weighs 3200, is RWD, has 520 hp, and claims 3.2 seconds.
The weight on this 918 must be wrong, because batteries are incredibly heavy, and there are the motors as well. I would guess it’s more like 3800, and the hybrid gear just makes up for its own weight.
In that case, I’d say dump it, and make for a significantly lighter car with the 9200 rpm 500 hp V8. That would make for a very interesting alternative to the twin turbo flat 6.
“You should be jailed for referring to a 911 as though it were an also ran, you fidiot.”
He probably pronounces the name as “porsh” as well.
“Look at Maserati Quattroporte”
They actually did a study, and the engine noise of a Mas4 makes women horny.
I kid not:
Last, best, Porsche 911: the 993 model.
Nice car, but it’s not a “Spyder.”
550, 550A, 550RS are “Spyders.”
The current Boxster “Spyder” is an abomination.
Was at the race where it first appeared in 1973. Saw one at the Porsche museum in Stuttgart. A racecar for the ages. RIP Mark Donohue
Throw away the batteries and put in a big gas tank and they might have a car!
Wow!!! Need to wipe out the Black Card for that, for sure.
Oh I would have LOVED to have actually seen one race. That must have been awesome. I have seen one but didn’t even get to hear it running. It was at a concourse show and the owner would not start it.
Now I have to get one ... just don’t tell the wife WHY I need one..
How about a shout out for the 914? ;)
Seeing the old glory days Can Am Cars on the pace lap in formation was a breathtaking sight. They were very beautiful race cars.
Man those things were scary fast.
356s and 911s ARE Porsche.
I'm glad someone else thought the writer was a Philistine for that "afterthought".
Also, though I've never driven a Cayenne, I'm pretty sure it doesn't get its "giddy-up" from a flat six.
Yep. 246 mph top speed. Crazy fast.
Cool Youtube video of the 917 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=resu77vBKm0
914-6 maybe (or with the added M471 kit=916) serial numbers 914 233 0011, 914 233 0020 and proto 914 143 0195 absolutely, but NOT the 914.
914’s were, everywhere other than USA, VW’s.
I should have included the remarkable and magnificent 912. My bad.
My heart skipped a beat when I scrolled on that pic. Thanks.
The 914-6 was a neat car.
I won’t argue it was mostly a VW, but you could sure get those suckers to stick to the road with a bit of work.
Of course when they let go, you might as well stick your arms up through the roof and scream like you’re on a roller coaster ‘cause there was no getting it back.
A friend has a fuel-injected 914 Type IV engine from Jake Raby (?)(putting out 200hp) in a late 1950s 356 that he decked out to look like a “Carrera” model with loovered (sp?) deck lid, wide five wheels, remote (front, under the front bumper) oil cooler, etc.
The thing is insane. It can smoke the back tires in 3rd gear going 70mph.
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