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Porsche 918 Spyder – Specifications & Performance

Porsche 918 Spyder - Specifications & Performance

Porsche 918 Spyder – Technical Specifications

The main driver of the Porsche 918s staggering performance is that powertrain. First up is the 4.6-litre, eight-cylinder engine with an output of up to 608 bhp. Based on the power unit of the successful RS Spyder endurance race car, the engine delivers engine speeds of up to 9150 rpm and a power output per litre of approx. 132 bhp/litre – 26 bhp/litre more than that of the Carrera GT, making this the highest specific power of any naturally aspirated Porsche engine.

The V8 engine is coupled to the hybrid module as the 918 Spyder is designed as a parallel hybrid like Porsche’s current hybrid models. The hybrid module essentially comprises a 115-kW electric motor and a decoupler that serves as the connection with the combustion engine. Because of its parallel hybrid configuration, the 918 Spyder can be powered at the rear axle either individually by the combustion engine or the electric motor, or via both drives together. As is typical for a Porsche super sportscar, the power unit assembly in the 918 Spyder has been placed in front of the rear axle, and it does not have a direct mechanical connection to the front axle. A seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission handles power transmission to the rear axle.

There is another independent electric motor that generates approximately 95 kW of power at the front axle. The front electric drive unit drives the wheels at a fixed gear ratio. A decoupler decouples the electric motor at high speeds to prevent the motor from over-revving. The drive torque is independently controlled for each axle, creating a very responsive all-wheel drive function with significant potential in terms of traction and dynamic performance.

Specs Summary

type Series Production Car
released at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
built at Germany
engineers Frank Walliser
price €781,000 in Europe and US$845,000 in the U.S
engine Hybrid V8 w/2 Electric Motors
position Mid, Longitudinal w/
block material Aluminum
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cylinder
fuel feed Direct Fuel Injection
displacement 4593 cc / 280.28 in³
power 661.4 kw / 887 bhp @ 8500 rpm
specific output 193.12 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 521.76 bhp per tonne
torque 1280 nm / 944.1 ft lbs
redline 9000
body / frame Carbon Fiber Panels over Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Monocoque
driven wheels 4WD
front tires 265/35 ZR20
rear tires 325/30 ZR21
front brakes PCCB Carbon-Ceramic Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
rear brakes PCCB Carbon-Ceramic Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
front wheels F 50.8 x 24.1 cm / 20 x 9.5 in
rear wheels R 53.3 x 31.8 cm / 21 x 12.5 in
steering Electro-Mechanical Power Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/PASM Dampers
r suspension Multi-Link w/Rear-Wheel Steering, PASM Dampers
curb weight 1700 kg / 3749 lbs
dry weight 1640 kg / 3616 lbs
wheelbase 2730 mm / 107.5 in
front track 1664 mm / 65.5 in
rear track 1612 mm / 63.5 in
length 4643 mm / 182.8 in
width 1940 mm / 76.4 in
height 1167 mm / 45.9 in
transmission 7-Speed PDK Automatic
top speed ~345 kph / 214.25 mph
0 – 100 kph ~2.8 seconds
0 – 200 kph ~7.7 seconds
fuel econ epa 5.23 L/100 km or 45 mpg-us
combined fuel econ eu 3.0 L/100 km or 78.40 mpg-us
emission 70 g/km
fuel capacity 70 litres or 18.48 gal.

918 Spyder Specs & Performance Details

It’s impossible to describe the Porsche 918 Spyder’s performance figures without resorting to hyperbole. The all-out go of this machine is absolutely astounding. Surprisingly for a God-tier hypercar however, the 918 Spyder’s green credentials (on paper at least) are very good too. Take a gander at the table below and see what we mean.

The 918 Spyder launched alongside hybrid hypercar rivals from Ferrari and McLaren, ushering in a new era of all-out performance borne out of the combination of two power sources. Sure, better fuel economy may just be a byproduct of the pursuit of speed, but it is also a stepping stone to zero emissions machines utilising progressive powertrains that return the thrills without pouring tonnes of harmful gases into the atmosphere.

Cast your eyes at the numbers and stats below to get in-depth with the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Model & Price Info

Model & Price Info
Make Porsche
Model 918 Spyder
Generation 2013-2015
Sub-Model Weissach package
Car type Super Sports Car
Category Series Production Car
Built At Stuttgart, Germany
Released at Frankfurt Motor Show 2013
Introduced Jun-13
Base Price (US) $845,000 (for Weissach cars add $84,000)
Base Price (Europe) €611,000 / £511,00
Units build 918 units

Body, suspension & powertrain

Body, suspension & powertrain
Curb Weight 1640kg (3615lb)
Layout mid-engine, four-wheel-drive
Body / Frame carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system
Driven wheels 4WD
F suspension double wishbones, optional electro-pneumatic lift system on front axle
R suspension multi-link with adaptive electro-mechanical system and rear wheel steering
Engine Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 with dry-sump lubrication, hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and gear unit on front axle; auto start/stop function; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management
Position mid-mounted
Aspiration naturally aspirated
Block Material aluminium
Valvetrain DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel Feed direct fuel injection
Displacement (Liters) 4.8 litres
Displacement (in³) 280.285 in³
Transmission 7-speed PDK automatic

Engine & Output

Engine & output
Power (kW) 661kW @ 8600rpm
Power (bhp) 887 hp @ 8600rpm
Power (kw) / liter 133 hp
Power (bhp) / liter 99kW
Power (kw) / weight 389kW / ton
Power (bhp) / weight 521.76 hp / ton
Torque 940 lb-ft
Efficiency 3.3l / 100km
Specific output
Average fuel consumption

Performance & Acceleration stats

Performance & Acceleration
Top speed 211 mph+
0 – 100 kph 2.5 s
0 – 120 km/h
0 – 140 km/h
0 – 160 km/h 4.9 s
0 – 180 km/h 5.9 s
0 – 200 km/h 7 s
0 – 60 mph 2.2 s
0 – 100 mph 4.9 s
1/8 mile 6.4 s @ 118mph
1/4 mile 9.8 s @145mph
1000 m 17.7 s @ 184mph
Lateral acceleration 1.12 g
Nürburgring Lap Time 6:57