Skip to comments.Porsche Japan to Begin Accepting Orders for 918 Spyder PHEV
Posted on 05/11/2011 1:06:14 PM PDT by Red Badger
Porsche Japan KK will start accepting orders for its "918 Spyder" plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) May 13, 2011, in Japan.
It will start production of the PHEV Sept 18, 2013, and shipment in November 2013. The company will produce 918 units of the vehicle and ship them in the order of orders received. The vehicle will be completed at the Zuffenhausen Plant in Stuttgart, Germany.
The 918 Spyder is a two-seated vehicle having a monocoque structure made of CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) and will be sold at a price of 684,800 euro (approx US$997,548).
The displacement of its V-8 engine mounted on the midship is 4L or more, and its maximum output is 368W (500PS) or higher. The rear wheels of the vehicle are driven by a seven-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission).
The two motors attached to the front and rear axles generate an output of 160kW (218PS) or more in total. The 918 Spyder is a four-wheel-drive car that can change the ratio of drive forces used for the front and rear axles.
The PHEV comes with a water-cooled lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery that can be charged using household power outlet. In the EV mode, its maximum speed and drive range are 150km/h and 25km or longer (NEDC), respectively. Its charging time differs depending on country but is about three hours in Germany.
The fuel consumption of the PHEV in the hybrid mode is 3.0L/100km (NEDC), which is 70g/km in terms of CO2 emissions. Its speed increases from 0km/h to 100km/h in less than 3.2 seconds. The maximum speed is 320km/h or higher. Because the vehicle is expected to lap the Nurburgring North circuit in seven minutes and 30 seconds, it is faster than the Carrera GT (seven minutes and 32 seconds).
Plug-In Electric Porsche Ping!.............
Great, a coal-powered Porsche...
It’ll look great sitting on the side of the road when the battery dies................
You missed the V8 and “hybrid” part ;)
Who would spend that kinda money on a car and be unable to rev the engine??
Damn they make some amazing machines. My three year old looking over my shoulder just told me, daddy, you should get that car!
I love the old 78 to 84 911s. Had many of them. Too old and, um, ‘stocky’, to drive them these days though.
I always wanted a 911 of that vintage.
Had to settle for a 914. (please don’t say it...)
In the EV mode, its maximum speed and drive range are 150km/h and 25km or longer (NEDC), respectively.
That’s a whopping 15.6 miles! Not that difficult to literally outrun the police who are in those cars.
This is not a "green" hybrid, this car makes no apologies and will make your 650hp V12 Murcielago slow.
Nice car, but for US$997,548 I can get about fifty Honda Civics.
Maybe in your F1 car.
The maximum speed is 320km/h or higher.
Nobody will drive this car in "EV mode".
I had a 916 too. This is the only pic I have of it, taken by the guy at Photobuys in LA when I listed it for sale...
When I look at the higher-end “hybrid” vehicles, this is what I see: manufacturers are using the “hybrid” label to burnish their “green cred,” but the reality is that they’re creating vehicles with higher net street performance than possible with IC’s and conventional transmissions alone.
The wonderful thing about electric motors is that they can be set up to deliver HUGE amounts of torque into a stalled load and they have the ability to reach higher ultimate RPM’s than IC’s. The result is that a “hybrid” muscle car can be faster off the line, faster to 100kph (or 60 MPH) and then brake quicker as they dump in the regenerative braking on all four wheels.
The tofu-nibblers will start complaining soon...
I think the Jap cops used to have Porsche 959s 20 years ago but they were kind of useless because the cops were not encouraged to engage in high speed pursuits for fear of causing accidents.
You can get a Suzuki GSX1300R Hyabusa motorcycle off the showroom floor that’ll do 190mph (308.75kmh).
Lately, I prefer staying on 2 wheels for canyon carving, peg scraping kinds of riding. I would love to get some track time to try out the knee dragging turns. Getting a bit old for that kind of stuff :-(
Trust me friend, I'd take back the Bad Old Days of hyper-hydrocarbon-pumping excess in a New York minute. Back in '75, a 911 turbo could be had for 15 grand, fully loaded and with a growling power plant that would pin you back in the seat like a rack of ribs and peel the lids from your eyes barely 1/2 second after letting out the clutch and stomping on the pedal.
That, a cassette tape of Led Zeppelin, a bottle of cheap wine, and a fine-looking woman next to you - was what freedom - and America - was all about.
As well as instantaneous response and adjustment based on input from a wide array of adhesion sensors - traction and stability control will be increasingly seamless. This will make the car much faster in the hands of the less skilled, but will hopefully be configurable enough to keep the skilled operator entertained.
The Porsche 911 - 45 years spent improving a bad idea. =)
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