Mechanical issues are nothing new in the auto industry, and these kinds of bugs don’t discriminate either. Whether it’s an entry-level compact or a six-figure hybrid supercar, when a car is bitten by the recall bug, it’s going to need to get fixed as soon as possible. Even the Porsche 918 isn’t immune to these sorts of problems. Heck, it’s already been recalled once when rear control-arm issues forced Porsche to issue the dreaded memo to a handful of 918 Spyder owners back in September 2014, and now it has a new issue at hand.

The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder’s newest issues center around the car’s chassis. According to Porsche, 205 of its hybrid supercar are being recalled as a “precautionary measure” because some of the models built in a specific time period were given defective parts whose “functionality cannot be permanently guaranteed.” If that sounds a little ominous, that’s because it is. Porsche didn’t dive into the specifics of the problem but if it’s related to the chassis, it’s a pretty serious one that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Fortunately, the German company hasn’t received any complaints from owners with affected 918 Spyders. However, even though there haven’t been any issues raised yet, it’s still incumbent upon Porsche to nip the problem in the bud before it becomes a really serious problem. Porsche also said that it has already contacted the owners of the affected 918 Spyders, informing them of the problem and arranging a workshop visit at the start of 2015 so Porsche engineers can fix the problems at no charge.

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Why it matters

It’s obviously not a good look for any car to be subjected to a recall, especially when such a car comes with a price tag of $845,000. This latest bout also doesn’t paint a flattering picture of the 918 Spyder compared to the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari. As far as we know, the P1 and the LaFerrari haven’t been subjected to any recalls, whereas the 918 Spyder has had two in a span of four months.

We’re not saying that the Porsche 918 Spyder is an unreliable mess, but those who paid a fortune to secure any one of the 918 example might have a different feeling than us. That’s not something Porsche wants for itself nor for its hybrid supercar.

Fortunately, the company discovered the problem before it blew up in its face. More importantly, it’s launched a preemptive strike on the issue before it caused an accident that would undoubtedly become a nightmare for Porsche.

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

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Recall issues aside, the Porsche 918 Spyder is still one of the most incredible supercars in the world today. The esteem and acclaim that follows the 918 was born from Porsche’s undying commitment to excellence, grounded on its mission to create a machine that revolutionizes the business moving forward. It may not come close to replicating the cult status of the Porsche 911, but if there’s one car that can come close, it’s probably the 918 Spyder.

The 918 Spyder combines state-of-the-art technology with a revolutionary hybrid engine that can produce a total of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. The Porsche hybrid supercar makes the most of its four wheels, thanks to an all-wheel drive system that receives all that power via a seven-speed, PDK dual-clutch transmission. At full blast, the 918 Spyder is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds, and achieving a top speed of 211 mph.

All 918 units of the 918 Spyder are accounted for with each owner on the hook for about $845,000.

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As a precautionary measure, Porsche will replace chassis components in 205 vehicles of the 918 Spyder model* worldwide. The reason for this is that for vehicles that were manufactured in a certain time period defective parts were used from a delivery batch, whose functionality cannot be permanently guaranteed. No complaints have been made known (such as a break of a component) from customers up till now.

The problem was identified during in-house quality inspections and remedied immediately. The owners of the vehicles, which could be exactly traced, were contacted directly by their competent Porsche representatives. The workshop visit, which will take place by appointment at the onset of 2015, takes about two days to complete at no charge.

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