The exclusive world of hypercars comes alive in the 918’s dual-mode hybrid powertrain. A snooze though the H word is, one snippet of the above video with both the big V-8 and all electric motors spinning proves the 918 is pure Porsche racecar.
Once in a decade or two, the automotive enthusiasts of this world get treated with the finest the industry can offer. This year, we saw the launch of three unique hypercars from brands that need no introduction; Mclaren, Ferrari and Porsche .
The last time Porsche made a supercar, they went with massive, gas-guzzling engines with insane amounts of horsepower. The age we live in today calls for efficient, eco-friendly motoring unlike in the past. Porsche has replaced the V10 powered Carrera GT with a V8 hybrid they call the 918 Spyder.
The buyer’s guide details are even more stunning, with paints far more exotic than ever before.
Click past the jump for all the juicy details you need to order the hottest 918 Spyder on the roads in 2014.
One of the most notable increases in aggression outside is the seen in the racing livery wraps and wild colors available.
Porsche seems keen to build more than the silver and black tones that defined its previous hypercar efforts.
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder - Exterior Solid Color Detail
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder - Exterior Color Detail
The interior is defined by a huge flat panel for the entire center stack that was structural carbon-fiber in the Carrera GT .
Extreme settings to vary between power and efficiency modes promises un-predecented adjustability to conditions.
The different driving modes that help the driver channel a max of 1280 pound-feet of torque and 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds - or as much as 71 mpg in the electric cruising modes.
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder - Interior Buyer Options
The Porsche 918 Spyder is an all-wheel drive, parallel-hybrid supercar with two basic powertrains. Two electric motors power all four wheels with a lithium-ion battery which can be charged via external power source and a 600 horsepower, naturally aspirated V8 motor coupled to a 7-speed PDK transmission.
Roof-Mounted Exhausts Detail
Top speed is rated at 211 mph and holds the current lap record at the Nurburgring at 6 min 57 seconds.
|Drivetrain||Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-liter V8 mid-engine, electric motors|
|Power||887 horsepower (combined)|
|Suspension||Double-wishbone front axle. Multi-link rear axle, Porsche Active, Suspension Management (PASM)|
|Brakes||Hybrid brake system with energy recuperation. Carbon-ceramic brake discs|
The Porsche 918 Spyder costs $845,000 and will be a limited production model. Please cruise over to the ful lreview here for all the details .
It is called the LaFerrari and is the successor to the Enzo. Unlike the Enzo however, the LaFerrari uses a hybrid powertrain much like the Porsche 918 Spyder and Mclaren P1 with a combined output of 950 horsepower. It uses a 6.3 litre V12 engine and KERS boost from the electric motors. The chassis is made completely of carbon fibre and uses active aerodynamic aides to generate downforce and improve high speed stability.
The Mclaren F1 was the world’s first production car to hit a top speed of 240 mph. The new Mclaren P1 won’t beat the speed record set by the old timer but it surely is equally desirable. It uses a twin-turbo V8 engine coupled to an electric motor and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to rear wheels. The Mclaren P1 is priced at $1.15 million and is on sale now.
So now the only question is, which color would you pick? Let us know in the comments section below.