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Porsche optimizes its 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid super sportscar to beat its own benchmarks

Shortly before delivery of the first vehicles, the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid (earlier post) is beating its own benchmark values. With a weight-optimized Weissach (Weissach is a Porsche development center) package fitted, the vehicle now accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.6 seconds (-0.2 seconds), from zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.2 seconds (-0.5 seconds), and passes the 300 km/h (186 mph) mark after 19.9 seconds (-2.1 seconds).

We have now used all options available to electrify the 918 Spyder, working right up to the last minute to do so.

—Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Senior Vice President 918 Spyder

The enhancements also bring benefits in terms of the electrical performance delivered by the hybrid super sportscar. The two electric motors on the front and rear axle allow the 918 Spyder to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds, without producing any emissions. Such a performance marks a reduction of seven-tenths of a second on the previous time. With the Weissach package fitted, this electric sprinting time is reduced to 6.1 seconds.

918 Spyder with Weissach package. Click to enlarge.

The 918 Spyder complete with Weissach package currently holds the lap record for road vehicles on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, boasting a time of 6:57 minutes. At the same time, as a vehicle delivering particularly low consumption and emission figures, the model is certified to efficiency class A+.

With the Weissach package fitted, the vehicle’s total NEDC fuel consumption amounts to 3.0 l/100 km (78.4 mpgUS), compared to 3.1 l/100 km (75.9 mpgUS) without the Weissach package. That equates to CO2 emissions of 70 g/km (72 g/km without the Weissach package). The level of energy consumption was determined to be 12.7 kWh/100 km during the approval cycle.


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