Porsche’s newbie is in the town, the all new 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, starting with some history, the hyper car made into headlines after its production version was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor show before that the concept version was showcased at the Geneva Motor show, now what are the things that are to be expected from the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, to start with the numbers the car is a mid-engined plug-in hybrid sports car, powered by a 4.8 litres V8 engine, developing a 608hp with two additional motors of 279hp giving us total of 887hp at a thumping 944lb-ft of torque.
Before you even take it for a ride, just start the car and you are bound to feel the turmoil of calculations that the car would be making and all the conversion electrical power to mechanical power and with waterfall of cascading and programming, fine tuning on its own you are ready to start the enterprise!!!!!.Now continuing with the numbers, the car is a 7 speed gearbox coupled to Porsche’s own PDK double-clutch system. The front 125 hp (93 kW) electric motor directly drives the front axle; an electric clutch decouples the motor when not in use. The par performance statistics will keep you fixed to your seats , Porsche has given performance figures of 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h (120 mph) in 7.2 seconds, 300 kilometers per hour (190 mph) in 19.9 seconds and a top speed of approximately 345 kilometers per hour (214 mph).The energy storage system is a 312-cell, liquid-cooled 6.8 kW·h lithium-ion battery positioned behind the passenger cell. In addition to a plug-in charge port at the passenger-side B-pillar, the batteries are also charged by regenerative braking and by excess output from the engine when the car is coasting. CO2 emissions are 79 g/km and fuel consumption is 3.3 L/100 km (94 imperial mpg/78 us mpg). This performance again made the headlines when the car made sub7 minutes time at the Green Hell, yes that’s right the gruesome Nürburgring Nordschleife- on September 4, 2013, a 918 fitted with the optional ‘Weissach Package’ set a lap time of 6:57 on the 12.8 mi (20.6 km) road course, reducing the previous record by 14 seconds, and making it the first series production street-legal automobile to break the 7 minute barrie
The 918 Spyder offers five different running modes: E-Drive allows the car to run under battery power alone, using the rear electric motor and front motor, giving a range of 18 miles (29 km) the car can reach 93 mph (150 km/h) in this mode. Three hybrid modes (Hybrid, Sport and Race) use both the engine and electric motors to provide the desired levels of economy and performance. In Race mode a push-to-pass button initiates the Hot Lap setting, which delivers additional electrical power. The chassis is a carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque. And the cost for all this magic: €781,155 (£652,849) in standard specification, or €853,155 (£712,088)(Rs. 5,83,91,216 only! excluding taxes!) in 41kg lighter Weissach Pack spec. The pack, if your curious, cuts the 918’s kerb weight by some 35kg through the use of more carbonfibre and lightweight magnesium wheels.
At its core the Porsche 918 Spyder is a phenomenal . And it’s fast, too, without ever feeling scary or edgy or overwhelming. Rivals like the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari will have a serious fight on their hands.