Once again, the wait for electric technology is holding back a truly awesome car, but the wait will be worth it

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The Porsche 918 Spyder was originally showcased at the 2010 Geneva motor show as a concept and was introduced in production form at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show as a production mode. Only 918 examples were destined to be built, and by December of 2014 each and every one of them had be spoken for. Not a bad run for a car that started out at $845,000 or $929,000 with the Weissach Package. With that in mind, it’s not surprising that Porsche promised in that very announcement that the 918 Spyder would be succeeded by an even better model. Yet here we are in 2021, and not even a concept has seen the light of day. So when is a successor to the 918 Spyder going to happen? Well, not before 2025, and that is something you can take to the bank.

Porsche 918 Successor – An Interesting Timeline

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The day the 2014 918 Spyder made its debut, Porsche head of R&D at the time, Wolfgang Hartz, promised that a successor will follow. Down the road, we learned that Porsche was still on the fence about whether or not the 918’s successor would be hybrid or all -electric. In 2019, we learned not only that the 918’s successor could feature some retro design cues, but received confirmation from CEO Oliver Blume that it could, in fact, be an all-electric vehicle. Check out the detailed timeline:

  • 2014 – 918 Spyder sells out, Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche head of R&D at the time, said a successor would follow.
  • 2017 – Porsche GT boss, Andreas Preuniger, seemingly confirmed a 918 successor, and the possibility that it may not be all-electric
  • 2019 - Porsche Design Director, Michael Mauer, hinted that the 918 successor could feature retro styling: “There is always the option to look into history, but sometimes you can also take the option to create some history.” Porsche designers tasked with lapping the Nurburgring in 6 minutes and 30 seconds or less. CEO, Oliver Blume, confirmed that it may be electric: “It has to be the best in the market, the highest performing… right now we haven’t got a concept for that car. But might it be a pure-electric car? Yes.”

Porsche’s 918 Successor Will Be The Hypercar of “Tomorrow”

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Now, however, we’ve learned that while a 918 Successor is on the table, it’s not going to happen before 2025 because Porsche wants to expand its pure-EV lineup and future-proof its current range of vehicles. In other words, pressure from world governments has automakers rushing to reduce emissions so much that they can’t do anything but focus on electrifying their core lineups first. But, I digress. For now.

With this in mind, there’s still no formal word on whether or not the 918’s Successor will be hybrid or all-electric, and it certainly won’t come sooner because of the brands re-entry to Le Mans with a new prototype, but the technology derived from that venture in motorsports could find its way to the 918’s successor. And, that successor, by the way, is constantly on Porsche’s mind, as expressed by CEO Oliver Blume:

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“We will return to Le Mans with a prototype, with which we will be able to win the big classic races like Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona. Ferrari has already joined in the past few weeks, so it will be a very close, tough competition and we are very happy about it. In terms of following the 918, a hypercar is always something we are thinking about at Porsche, but for the next few years, our concentration is on the electrification of our model range.”

The main holdup is the fact that the technology needed to do a hypercar or a true successor to the 918 isn’t quite there yet. And, yet again, it is suggested that the 918’s successor will electric and that Porsche will continue to invest heavily in futuristic powertrain technology:

“The battery will be the ‘cylinder’ of tomorrow, so we still have to investigate high-power, high-density cells. We will invest in these cells, and when we have the right cell for a high-power car, then will come the point, but I don’t think about this car before the second half of the decade. Before 2025, we won’t have a hypercar. Later on, it might be possible.”
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So, with that said, there’s still quite a wait before we see anything come to fruition, but when it does, you can bet Porsche is going to do it right. Will the 918’s successor be a hybrid? It’s likely, but there’s still a strong possibility that 5 years from now, an all-electric hypercar will be within Porsche’s reach not just financially but technologically without compromise.

Porsche 918 Spyder specifications
Engine 4.6-Liter V-8 W/ Two Electric Parallel Motors
Total Horsepower 887 Horsepower
Total Torque 940 Pound-Feet
Transmission 7-Speed PDK Automated Manual
Top Speed 214 mph
Acceleration 0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds

Source: Autocar

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