Porsche Japan to Begin Accepting Orders for 918 Spyder PHEV

May 6, 2011
Motohiko Hamada, Nikkei Automotive Technology
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Porsche Japan KK will start accepting orders for its "918 Spyder" plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) May 13, 2011, in Japan.

It will start production of the PHEV Sept 18, 2013, and shipment in November 2013. The company will produce 918 units of the vehicle and ship them in the order of orders received. The vehicle will be completed at the Zuffenhausen Plant in Stuttgart, Germany.

The 918 Spyder is a two-seated vehicle having a monocoque structure made of CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) and will be sold at a price of 684,800 euro (approx US$997,548).

The displacement of its V-8 engine mounted on the midship is 4L or more, and its maximum output is 368W (500PS) or higher. The rear wheels of the vehicle are driven by a seven-speed DCT (dual clutch transmission).

The two motors attached to the front and rear axles generate an output of 160kW (218PS) or more in total. The 918 Spyder is a four-wheel-drive car that can change the ratio of drive forces used for the front and rear axles.

The PHEV comes with a water-cooled lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery that can be charged using household power outlet. In the EV mode, its maximum speed and drive range are 150km/h and 25km or longer (NEDC), respectively. Its charging time differs depending on country but is about three hours in Germany.

The fuel consumption of the PHEV in the hybrid mode is 3.0L/100km (NEDC), which is 70g/km in terms of CO2 emissions. Its speed increases from 0km/h to 100km/h in less than 3.2 seconds. The maximum speed is 320km/h or higher. Because the vehicle is expected to lap the Nurburgring North circuit in seven minutes and 30 seconds, it is faster than the Carrera GT (seven minutes and 32 seconds).