PORSCHE 918 SPYDER CONCEPT


PORSCHE 918 SPYDER CONCEPT

By Andrew Bornhop | Photos by John Lamm

2010 Geneva Auto Show Porsche 918 Spyder ConceptPorsche 918 Spyder Concept

Just how fast is this thing? Well, Porsche says the 918 Spyder Concept hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3.2 seconds, and it blasts to a top speed of 198 mph. Not only that, it laps the Nürburgring in less than 7 minutes 30 seconds, which means its even faster than the hallowed Carrera GT.

Just how green is it? Porsche says that, when driven accordingly, the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder Concept gets an outstanding 78 mpg, with an emissions level of just 70 grams of C02 per kilometer.

The 918 Spyder Concept is powered by a high-revving V-8 related to the 3.4-liter in the Porsche RS Spyder racing car. In 918 Spyder form, this mid-mounted engine revs to 9200 rpm and produces more than 500 bhp. Electric motors at the front and rear axles add an additional 218 horsepower to the output. The V-8s power, and that of the rear electric motor, reaches the Spyder Concepts rear wheels via a 7-speed PDK gearbox. The drive to the front wheels is pure electric, via a fixed ratio. The liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack behind the cockpit can be charged at home, or by brake regeneration.

2010 Geneva Auto Show Porsche 918 Spyder ConceptPorsche 918 Spyder Concept

2010 Geneva Auto Show

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