Geneva, Switzerland – Porsche has unveiled the latest of three hybrid models on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, presenting the ultra-high-performance, mid-engine 918 Spyder hybrid sports car.
The 918 Spyder prototype joins the new Cayenne S Hybrid and 911 GT3 R Hybrid racing car on Porsche’s stand at the show.
The new model features 700 horsepower and can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of more than 320 km/h, but with fuel consumption of only 3.0 L/100 km.
Using plug-in hybrid technology, the two-seat 918 Spyder is powered by a V8, along with electric motors on the front and rear axle, with a seven-speed Porsche PDK gearbox. The energy reservoir is a fluid-cooled lithium-ion battery positioned behind the passenger cell.
A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to choose among four different running modes. An E-Drive mode runs on electricity alone up to a range of 25 kilometres; Hybrid mode uses both electric motors and engine; Sport Hybrid mode focuses on performance, with most drive power going to the rear wheels; and Race Hybrid runs both the gasoline and electric power sources to their limits of power and dynamic output. If the battery is sufficiently charged, a push-to-pass button adds additional electrical power for overtaking.