2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Technical Specs Announced


  • 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Picture

    2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Picture

    Full specifications on the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder were released on Thursday. | May 16, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Porsche formally announced full details for the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder on Thursday, noting that the supercar "has the potential to break many records."
  • Porsche expects the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder to break its current lap time of 7:14 minutes for the North Loop of the Nurburgring.
  • Specifications list a curb weight of 3,715 pounds for the Porsche 918 Spyder, making it heavier than its two chief competitors, the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1.

ATLANTA — Porsche formally announced full details for the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder on Thursday, noting that the plug-in hybrid supercar "has the potential to break many records." Although many details — including pricing — had been released earlier, final vehicle specifications were up in the air until now.

The Porsche 918 Spyder will start at $845,000 when it goes on sale later this year, Porsche said earlier. A top-of-the-line Porsche 918 Spyder with the Weissach package starts at $929,000.

Porsche expects the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder to break its current lap time of 7:14 minutes for the North Loop of the Nurburgring.

"More test drives on the Nurburgring North Loop will follow," said Porsche in a statement.

The current lap time was achieved last September, more than a year before the start of production.

Specifications list a curb weight of 3,715 pounds for the Porsche 918 Spyder, making it heavier than its two chief competitors, the 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1. Weight is a critical factor among these green supercars.

The Porsche 918 Spyder's weight drops to 3,616 pounds with the Weissach package, which features carbon parts — including roof, rear wings, rearview mirrors and frames of the windshield — and lightweight magnesium wheels. The 918 Spyder features an all-wheel-drive system.

In comparison, the LaFerrari has a curb weight of 3,031 plus fuel, while the McLaren P1 has a curb weight of 3,075.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is equipped with a 608-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 midengine, two electric motors that produce 154 hp and 127 hp, and a lithium-ion battery. Combined system output is 887 hp and 940 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed PDK transmission rounds out the powertrain package.

In all-electric mode, the supercar accelerates from zero-62 mph in 7 seconds, according to Porsche and has a top speed of 93 mph. The Porsche 918 Spyder can travel about 18 miles in electric mode only. If the battery's charge state drops below a set minimum value, the vehicle automatically switches to hybrid mode.

The supercar features five operating modes that can be activated via a "map switch" on the steering wheel. They include "E-Power" and "Hot Lap."

Porsche said E-Power is the default operating mode as long as the battery is sufficiently charged. Hot Lap is described as a "qualification mode" that "pushes the traction battery to its maximum power output limits for a few fast laps." It uses all of the available energy in the battery.

Edmunds says: Porsche isn't saying as much, but the expectation is that it will attempt to crack the 7-minute 'Ring barrier with the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder.

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