Porsche 918 Spyder 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
|Convertible||4.6L V8 + Elec 6.8-kWh||AWD||7A||2.2 sec||9.8 sec @ 145 mph||20/24/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|Convertible||4.6L V8 + Elec 6.8-kWh||AWD||7A||2.4 sec||10.0 sec @ 145.2 mph||20/24/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Convertible||4.6L V8 + Elec 6.8-kWh||AWD||7A||2.5 sec||10.0 sec @ 143.7 mph||20/24/---- mpg||Road & Track|
About Porsche 918
The name Porsche always evokes images of exotic supercars and the 918 Spyder goes a long way towards reinforcing that. A quick look at the car shows that it’s inspired by the company’s previous models, but behind the wheel you’ll quickly realize that it is all about taking the concept of the supercar to the limit.
The Spyder isn’t just flashy, but it is faster and more fuel efficient than previous models.
The Spyder uses the latest hybrid technology for superior performance but with full environmental responsibility in mind. The car has twin exhaust stacks and when they go off it’s nothing short of like a Formula 1 car. The engine roars up to 9150 RPM, and that should not be surprising when you consider that the power plant is based on the award winning V-8.
Going under the hood you’ll see a 180 degree crankshaft forged from steel, dry sump lubrication and forged titanium connecting rods. The Spyder also has finger-follower valve actuation combined with hydraulic lash management and variable valve timing for the exhaust and intake.
There’s also direct fuel injectors built in, and it is this configuration that enhances the cylinder filling while adding power to the exhaust. The clutch is between the 154-hp electric motor and the V-8, which offers stop start functionality and reduces fuel consumption. This is a very convenient feature and something you don’t usually find in other supercars.
Power and Precision
The Spyder has a naturally aspirated engine, with the exhaust ports in the valley. There’s no turbocharging because the two propulsion motors give the car sufficient torque at the rev’s low range, releasing the engine tuners for higher RPM.
There isn’t an H-pattern or clutch pedal here, but there are seven forward gears and three clutches. While the 2004 Carrera GT used the manual transmission, the Spyder’s dual clutch 7-speed offers a 37% greater speed ratio so there’s no power delivery interruption at upshifts. In other words, you don’t need to be a very skilled driver to drive the Spyder, and the dual clutch is also more efficient economically.
But you should not mistake fuel efficiency with weak performance. With 4.6 liters of race bred, high rev V8 engine power and motors powering the rear and front axles, it is one of the fastest supercars today with 944 lb ft of torque and 875 bhp at 8500 rpm output. The lithium ion battery weighs around 314 kg and that certainly adds to the car’s weight. Without it though, the Spyder’s speed would be much slower, and the combination of engine power, electric motors and batteries are necessary to give the car power and optimum performance.
Even with the extra weight, the Spyder produces extraordinary numbers. Speeding on the Nürburgring, it goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds and 0 to 186 mph in 19.9 seconds. The Spyder’s top recorded speed is 211 mph with an average mpg of 25 30. While the headlines say the mpg goes for 94.1 that only happens if you drive the Spyder in hybrid mode, as in regular mode the car uses as much fuel as a regular high powered saloon.
The Spyder also drives naturally, which is a surprise given the technology used on the car, yet the 918 has an intuitive feel. The car has five drive modes: Edrive, Hybrid, Sport, Race and Hot Laps. Edrive can go from 0 to 60 in 6.2 seconds but if you press hard on the accelerator you’ll activate the V8. Hybrid meanwhile, gives you a three-motor combination with a very relaxed and responsive PDK gearbox.
If you choose Sport the response of the car will get sharper, and if you opt for Hot Laps expect the torque to increase from the front axle. But regardless which mode you choose, the nice thing about the Spyder is it doesn’t feel heavy. Even when driving at top speed, it doesn’t feel like you’re in a large car, which is quite remarkable when you consider its power.
- Top Speed: 211 mph
- Standing ¼-mile: 9.8 seconds
- Zero to 60 mph: 2.2 seconds
- Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode
- Wheelbase: 107.5 in
- Length: 182.8 in
- Height: 45.9 in
- Width: 76.4 in
- Curb Weight: 3616-3715 lb
The Spyder retails for about $845,000. A slightly less expensive version is also available known as the Weissach Pack spec. This version has reduced curb weight because it utilizes more carbon fiber and lightweight magnesium wheels.
Is It Worth Buying?
The Porsche 918 Spyder a supercar and it comes from the 918 class that landed first place in Kelly Blue Book’s 10 Best New Cars of IAA Frankfurt. There are only a few companies that can rival Porsche when it comes to supercars, so there’s no question this is the ride for thrill seekers.
To read more about the Porsche 918 Spyder, visit the official Porsche website.