Porsche has released some new details about their upcoming 918 Spyder.

In its current configuration, the car has a 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 608 HP (447 kW) and 530 Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque. It is backed up by two electric motors - producing 156 HP (115 kW) and approximately 129 HP (95 kW) - which power each axle. This enables the car to have a combined maximum output of 887 HP (661 kW) and more than 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. Porsche expects the model will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 340 km/h (211 mph). Furthermore, the 918 Spyder has already lapped the Nürburgring in 7:14 minutes and the company is hoping to beat that time with additional testing.

A steering wheel-mounted "map switch" enables drivers to select between five different drive modes. In E-Power mode, the car operates on electricity. It allows the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than seven seconds, hit a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) and travel approximately 30 km (18.6 miles) on electricity alone.

In Hybrid mode, the electric motors and combustion engine work alternately to maximize efficiency.

Switching over to Sport Hybrid mode ensures the combustion engine operates continuously. The electric motors are also utilized to provide a small performance boost when needed.

Race Hybrid mode is similar to Sport Hybrid mode, but it allows the engine to recharge the battery when the driver is not utilizing its maximum output. Race Hybrid mode also adjusts the gear-shifting program of the PDK transmission and enables the electric motors to deliver their maximum output.

Lastly, Hot Lap can only be activated in Race Hybrid mode and it allows the car to use all the available energy in the battery for maximum performance.

When the battery is depleted, it can be recharged within four hours using a 230V outlet. The rapid charger reduces this time to approximately two hours, while the optional Porsche Speed Charging Station (DC) cuts the time to just 25 minutes.

For improved handling, the car has a carbon fiber reinforced polymer monocoque chassis and a multi-link suspension with adaptive shock absorbers and rear-axle steering system. The latter system is speed-sensitive and can steer the rear wheels, up to three degrees, in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels for improved cornering and stability.

The car is also equipped with a Porsche Active Aerodynamic system that has three modes to provide optimal downforce. In Race mode, the rear wing is set to a steep angle while the spoiler - positioned between the two wing supports near the trailing edge - extends. Additionally, two air flaps in front of the front axle open to direct air into the underbody diffuser channels.

Sport mode is less extreme as it reduces the angle of the rear wing and closes the front air flaps while keeping the spoiler extended. E mode, on the other hand, closes the flaps and retracts the spoiler and rear wing.

The model can also be outfitted with a Weissach package adds a race car inspired exterior with visible carbon fiber on the roof, mirrors and windshield. The package also features Alcantara upholstery, carbon fiber trim, six-point seatbelts and lightweight magnesium wheels.

Check out the press release for additional information


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