Porsche 918 Spyder: leaked details

Hot on the heels of the first official McLaren P1 images, leaked details have now emerged of its Stuttgart rival, the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Sourced from a customer brochure, the information makes for fascinating reading. The hybrid powertrain makes a total of 800hp, with the 4.6-litre V8 combustion engine providing 580hp at 9,000rpm. The combined torque output is 627lb ft, produced at 2,500rpm, with 516lb ft available up to 7,000rpm.

580hp and 94mpg, not at the same time
580hp and 94mpg, not at the same time
As you would expect, this power produces some phenomenal acceleration figures. The claimed 0-62mph time is three seconds, and Porsche is stating a 0-200km/h (0-124mph) of eight seconds. For reference, the Carrera GT, predecessor to the 918 Spyder, takes 10.7 seconds for the same test.

The cherry on top of this (very appealing) cake is a combined fuel consumption figure of 94mpg. No, that figure doesn't need a decimal point. It appears the combustion engine is not used for the majority of testing, contributing to such an amazing figure. Though matching 94mpg in real-world driving may be difficult, it certainly augurs fantastically for a raft of more efficient supercars.

The downside? All the hybrid gubbins do add weight. The kerb weight of the 918 Spyder is 1,660kg. The Carrera GT weighed 1,380kg. Moreover, the McLaren P1 and Ferrari Enzo successor will be significantly lighter.

A vista of maximum satisfaction
A vista of maximum satisfaction
The options list of the 918 Spyder is, as you would expect of Porsche, full of suitably lavish extras. Not only can you have a Martini wrap applied to your 918, a 10 layer Liquid Metal Grey or Blue can be applied for a cost of 50,000 Euros. A 'Weissach Package', which reduces the kerb weight by 35kg through deleting the air conditioning and some interior trim, will also be available.

Of course, looks are subjective, but both the inside and outside of the 918 Spyder look fantastic to these eyes. The front headlights look a little glum but from the rear ¾ it seems a great design. The current Porsche interior layout, with a prominent centre stack, is carried over to the 918 but with what appears to be a touchscreen.

Try a taste of Martini
Try a taste of Martini

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  • Verde 24 Sep 2012

    I didn't think it possible to build a car that is more beautiful that the CGT but in the 918 Porsche has done it. And it is certainly a technological watershed moment in supercar design. Nonetheless, I can't help but think what a car, with all of the hybrid capabilities embodied in this new machine, would be like if it weighed 2800 lbs and counted minimal weight as another of it's breakthroughs.
    Beautiful as it is, and painful as it is to admit, I suspect that if I had the money (which I surely do not), I would be leaving a deposit for the Enzo successor which I've read will count low weight and huge power (with KERS no less) as one of it's design breakthroughs.

  • wtdoom 23 Sep 2012

    I am having passenger laps in this thing at Leipzig in a couple of days .
    I have very mixed emotions . I love Porsche and want the car to be great but I can't get it out of my head that even with the modern safety grubbins and dsg ( if you remove the hybrid crap ) the car is still lighter than the all carbon Cgt .
    I can't stop thinking what might have been .
    Personally if I was going to go the other way ( from a pure 2wd Cgt type car ) with all that weight , I would have at least given the car massive veyron type power and put it in that veyron super , luxury gt kind of category
    I can't help thinking its in the middle and fear all the current ( and upcoming ) supercars from Bugetti , mclaren , Ferrari and even pagani will have this cars number in their own way .
    I hope I am wrong but I fear I am right .
    Also once again Porsche are going to make too many of this thing , 918 ( maximum) examples is just too much IMO . Soon to be extinct battery technology and too many cars produced does not bode well for future values .

  • epom 22 Sep 2012

    Will the Carrera GT now come down in price?? yayyyyy :-) still can't afford one though boooo frown Think that new one looks superb btw.

  • Dave Hedgehog 22 Sep 2012

    Bisonhead said:
    Lovely in the Martini livery
    ill have mine like this as well please

  • Repent 22 Sep 2012

    A beautiful car, but Im still not sold on the wheels.

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