Porsche 918 Spyder concept gets nod for production

It was just five months back Porsche premiered its stunning 918 Spyder Concept at Geneva Motor Show, and now the concept has got green light for production. As per the details made available by Porsche earlier, plug in hybrid concept will be powered by mid mounted 3.4 liter V8 engine that produces massive 500hp. V8 engine will be supported by two lithium-ion battery powered electric motors, adding additional 218hp to 918’s tally.

Porsche 918 spyder’s front wheels are driven by front electric motor and rear wheels by engine and other electric motor, making this vehicle a four wheel drive. The two-seater flaunts different driving modes: E-Drive, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid and Race Hybrid. And herein the E-Drive mode lets 918 Spyder run on pure electricity for 16 miles. Hybrid mode is for everyday around town driving. In Sport Hybrid mode both powertrains are used and the Race Hybrid mode 918 Spyder Concept out-paces the famed Carrera GT on the Nürburgring.

Additionally, equipped with 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe PDK transmission, 918 Spyder gets a sprint from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds en route to 198mph. The part that seems hard to believe is its 78+ MPG claim and it remains to be seen whether the brand can come up to its words. Car’s body shell is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, however; magnesium and aluminum has also been extensively used. The total weight of this limited edition car is 1490kg and it is expected to price around 500,000 Euros.