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2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid
July 10
09:29 2014

The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid might actually be one of the best cars in the world today. Just the mere fact that it comes from Porsche should put it high on the list, but with a closer look the value of this car sky-rockets.      

Porsche models have always been a special thing. Their design is unique and instantly recognizable, very stable for decades now, but also appropriately modernized; their engines and technologies have left many of the more powerful competitors (in terms of horsepower) behind; the unique feelings of driving a car with the engine mounted at the back, or in the middle offer the joy that only few petrolheads can resist.

Even the challenges of the modern times put a little, if any, dent into Porsche’s machines. The SUV models and the four-door Panamera were dangerous experiments for a company with such diversified models and strong following among their buyers, but the successes of the Cayenne and Panamera proved the German company capable of dealing with the requirements of the market, while still retaining their cars’ distinctive character.

Well, the 918 Spyder Hybrid proudly continues the tradition, adding even more flair to it. It is an unprecedented mixture of racing and sports background with surprising potential for everyday usage and modern Hybrid technologies that put even a lot smaller and dull cars to shame when it comes to fuel efficiency. So, let’s see what’s so great about the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid.

First of all, it has 887hp. The number alone should be enough to put a smile on your face. 608hp result from the 4.6 V8 engine and the rest comes from two electric motors, the first one producing 154hp for the rear wheels and the second one 127hp propelling the front wheels. These numbers actually do not add up to the stated maximum power of 887hp, but to two more – 889hp. However, the differences of the RPMs at which the motors and the engine reach their respective maximum powers result in the 2hp decrease. We forgive them.

The torque figures are similarly awe-inspiring. The engine gives 389 lb·ft, but the combined torques of the engine and the electric motors add up to 728 lb-ft. This number is even more significant when you have in mind that the electric motors have constant torque delivery regardless of the RPMs. The motors’ twisting power is the same at all times, so you can shoot away from any speed.

The transmission is the renowned 7-speed PDK unit form Porsche and – I’m very sorry to tell you this – there is no manual option which Porsche used to be very persistent with. The multi-engine/motor setup would probably create some problems when it comes to controlling the transmission, so Porsche opted to do away with the manual for the 918 Hybrid, thus also eliminating fluctuations in power delivery or errors that drivers are prone to make that could be pretty dangerous at the speeds and accelerations the 918 is capable of. Ok, we forgive them again.

Now, there are many people who still resent having an electric motor in a sports car, and even ridicule the owners, so you should be pleased to sit one of them in the seat next to you knowing that this setup provides the 0-60mph time of about 2.6 seconds and the top speed of 214mph and watch their jaw dropping while fear fills their eyes as you press the pedal to the metal. The mentioned constant torque delivery greatly assists the acceleration to the very serious speed of 120mph in just 7.2 seconds.

With all these numbers you might think that the 918 Spyder pays no attention to fuel efficiency, but the Euro 5 measurements state the stunning average of 71mpg, or about 3l/62 miles. Of course, you need to take into account that every hybrid’s fuel consumption varies greatly, so this number should be taken with a lot of reserve.

The petrol engine can be used to recharge the battery and a full charge would require about 2l of fuel. A common 110-volt socket fills the car’s battery in 7 hours, while a 240 volt socket decreases the time to just two hours. A possibility of using the optional DC Speed Charging Station juices up the battery in just 25 minutes – a quick coffee and you’re off.

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There are five different driving modes to choose from. Starting off with the electric only E-Power mode the 918 has the maximum range of about 19 miles when driven lightly – enough for a short city run. The top speed in this mode is 93mph.

The Hybrid mode makes use of the engine and the motors, but still constantly regulating their interactions to give you more power and the best possible fuel economy, considering your driving in a particular moment.

The Sport Hybrid mode employs the V8 engine all the time, while adding the motors’ power when needed, elegantly turning the 918 into a proper sports car.

The Race Hybrid mode increases the input of the electric motors and keeps them ready to deliver their full power. In this mode, the petrol engine is also used to recharge the batteries more efficiently and the transmission settings change significantly to accommodate the high speed driving.

The fifth option is called the Hot Lap mode and it destroys all electronic boundaries and delivers everything this car can offer. Some might consider this mode surplus having in mind the Race Hybrid mode, but the Hot Lap mode decreased the Nordschleife run lap time by four seconds, which brought the 918 Spyder’s time below the magical 7-minute mark. In the racing world, four seconds are infinity.

Last, but not the least, the 918 Spyder’s interior sports amazingly plush materials and high functionality making this bad boy racer a suitable everyday car. Just imagine driving your kid to school in an almost 900hp car.2015-porsche-918-spyder-photo-516332-s-787x4812015-porsche-918-spyder-photo-516327-s-787x4812015-porsche-918-spyder-photo-516337-s-787x4812015-porsche-918-spyder-photo-516325-s-787x481

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Branislav Sjeran

Branislav Sjeran

My main interests include cars, music and social and political commentary, but I have written for several magazines, blogs and websites about a variety of topics that include probate law, cars, health, exercise, food and drinks, travel, sports, fulfillment services, gadgets, architecture and interior and product design.

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