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Review: Porsche 918 Spyder

The 918 Spyder is a new super sports car for a new decade.

Key Specifications

  • Make: Porsche
  • Model: 918 Spyder
  • Electric/Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid
  • Seats: 2
  • Acceleration to 100km/h (60mph): 2.7s
  • Range: 18 miles 30 km

Range & Battery

  • Battery options

    • Lithium-ion battery with 6.8 kWh capacity
  • Charge time

    • AC charging on a household socket (110 V, 10 A): less than 7 hours
    • AC charging on an industrial socket (240 V, 30 A): less than 2 hours
    • DC charging on an industrial socket (400 V, 32 A): less than 0.5 hours

1 User Review on “Porsche 918 Spyder”

  1. CarEnthusiast
    The Latest Supercar from Porsche
    Reviewed
    Porsche 918 Spyder - I have test driven this car

    I love being able to go to my local Porsche dealer and take out the hottest new models for a test drive. Since I happen to be good friends with one of the sales team members, I typically have no problem getting to drive most of the latest cars. So when my friend asked me if I would like to take the 2017 Porsche Spyder 918 Spyder hybrid out for a drive, I jumped at the chance.

    Just like any other model in the Porsche lineup, the 918 Spyder sports a massively powerful V8 under the hood that churns out 608 horsepower. But this is not the true jewel or crowning glory of the Spyder. What really makes this car sing is the 154-horsepower electric motor that helps power the rear wheels and the 127 horsepower electric motor that powers the front wheels. Both of these electric motors work in tandem with the 608 horsepower V8, you get a total of 889 (Porsche claims only 887 hp, but who’s going to argue over a measly couple of horses).

    The twin electric motors get their power from a liquid-cooled 312 cell lithium-ion battery rated at 3.8 kWh. It takes approximately seven hours to recharge the batteries when you plug the Spyder into your home’s 110-volt outlet. You can reduce this to less than four hours if you use a 240-volt charger or in about 25 minutes used the DC “Speed Charging” system.

    How does it perform? Let’s just say that not only did it throw me back in the seat, but it literally took my breath away. With both electric motors and the V8 churning, you can get from a dead stop to 60 miles per hour in only 2.8 seconds. Running on nothing but the batteries, you can go from zero to 62 miles per hour in just under 7 seconds. Top speed in battery only mode is a very impressive 93 miles per hour.

    The Porsche 918 Spyder has plenty of tricks up its sleeves, including the option of five different driving modes to suit your tastes. These are E-Power, Hybrid, Hot Lap, And Race Hybrid. Of course, the Spyder is also all-wheel drive, which as I found out helps keep you firmly stuck to the road. It is also equipped with electrically controlled all-wheel steering, which takes a little getting used to. While I am quite used to driving powerful cars, the 918 Spyder is more than a little intimidating at first, but it didn’t take long for me to feel very comfortable behind the wheel.

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