Porsche has recently pulled the wraps off the 918 Spyder, ahead of the model’s public debut scheduled for the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is probably one of the most awaited supercars ever to come from the German based automaker especially because this is a hybrid vehicle. The model has a carbon fiber monocoque which helps save weight but the car is still heavy coming in at approximately 1,640 kg. The Porsche 918 Spyder has the PAA (Porsche Active Aerodynamic), which his providing adjustable aerodynamic elements, ensuring the unique and variable aerodynamics. In the “Sport” mode, the aerodynamic control system can reduce the attack angle of the rear wing, enabling a higher top speed.
When the 918 Spyder is stationary and in the “Race” and “Sport” mode, the adjustable air inlets under the headlights are opened for maximum cooling air intake, while in the “E-Power” and “Hybrid” modes they are close immediately. A total of five driving modes are available for the Porsche 918 Spyder, the “E-Power”, the “Hybrid”, the “Sport Hybrid”, the “Race Hybrid” and the “Hot Lap”. The Porsche 918 Spyder has an independent all-wheel drive system and the electric motor is fitted on the front axle, providing an extra 95 HP. The model also has a lithium-ion battery with a plug-in charging system.
The supercar is powered by a 4.6 liter eight-cylinder engine, which is good for 608 HP. The unit is derived from the one of the successful RS Spyder, which explains why it can be revved up to 9,150 rpm. The total output stands at 887 HP. The unit is mated to a seven-speed PDK. Production of the 918 Spyder will start on the 18th of September. Additional details on the supercar will probably be announced during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.