Porsche 918 Spyder production version revealed at Frankfurt
You’ve seen it everywhere from TV shows to games, but it was about time that Porsche quit playing and revealed the production version of the 918 Spyder at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. In any case, the company made it clear that they were only going to enter the market with a record coupled with it. And what’s better than stealing the title of the fastest street-legal production car from the Dodge Viper ACR at the Nürburgring.
Yes that’s true, the Porsche 918 Spyder officially crossed the 20.6 km long track in a mere 6 minutes and 57 seconds. That’s an average speed of 179 kph for crying out loud! The record was set by German racecar driver Marc Lieb.
It’s quick alright. And all the juice comes from multiple sources including a mid-mounted, dry-sump-lubricated, 4.6-litre V8 engine that generates a massive 608 hp on its own, before three electric motors kick in to whine together and produce 286 hp. And all that power adds out to a more than respectable 894 hp.
The 918 Spyder also reportedly hits from 0-100 kph mark in merely 2.8 seconds, and 200 kph is met in 7.7 seconds. It will scream all the way to 300 kph in 22 seconds. All of those figures are complimented by the body that weighs in at 1634 kgs.
On electricity alone the Porsche would hum its way through for a whole 31 kms, before the battery discharges. But it can be charged in four hours on a 230-volt outlet. And there’s also a DC fast charger, which is an optional extra that enables the battery to be recharged in 25 minutes.
The Porsche 918 Spyder will surely be a top contender in the supercar arena alongside the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari. So we are expecting to see a few of these make its way into the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other GCC countries real soon.