2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Review

OVERALL RATING 4.2 of 5.0
  • Performance
    4.6 of 5.0
  • Cost of Ownership
    3.7 of 5.0
  • Interior
    4.0 of 5.0
  • Reliability
    4.5 of 5.0
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16 Nov 2013
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Porsche is known as one of the leading sports car manufacturers. However, no one expected the company to consider designing a hybrid. The hybrid car will be launched next year and it is simply unbelievable. The features and the design of the car are works of genius. This car may just establish Porsche as an authority in hybrid cars as well.

The soon to be launched Porsche hybrid is called the 918 Spyder Coupe. The car has introduced some features that are exclusive to the Porsche 918. Let’s look at what you should expect from the hybrid Porsche hitting the markets in 2014.

Unique Hybrid System

The hybrid system used in the 918 Spyder Coupe is unique in many aspects. The components are the same as any other hybrid car and the technology is similar as well. However, the incorporation of the now common hybrid system is where Porsche has excelled with the 918 Spyder Coupe. Unlike most hybrids, Porsche did not install a small engine to enhance gas mileage and reduce emissions. Instead, the company used a lightweight, V-type engine. The engine is a 4.6-litre machine, which seems rather strange in a hybrid.

The engine parts have been optimized to cut down excess weight. For instance, the air intake system and the oil pan do not use metal. They are constructed form carbon fiber reinforced polymer. The connecting rods are made from lightweight titanium and the crank is made from stainless steel alloy. These minor modifications add up to reduce a substantial amount of weight and enhance the vehicle’s performance. Even the exhaust system is made from lightweight nickel and steel alloy.

The powerful V-8 engine of the 918 Spyder is connected to a 115 kW motor. The transmission is a 7-speed dual clutch PDK version. Here’s the best part about the 918 Spyder: the car can either run on the gas engine or only on the electric motors or both. This is up to the driver. If you want the sportier feel of a gas powered V-8, you can run the car on the V-8. On the other hand, if you want to contribute towards saving the environment, you can switch to the electric motors. When the car is running on the electric motors, the petrol engine will continue running to charge the battery.

The battery can also be charged by plugging it into an external power source. The different driving modes and the ability to switch from electricity to gas, makes the 918 Spyder unique in its class.

Exterior Design and Drive

The 918 Spyder is a true Porsche when it comes to the design. It bears the signature style of the headlamps and the taillights. By simply looking at a 918 Spyder, one cannot tell that it is a hybrid car. There is one slight disadvantage to the 918 Spyder and that is the seating capacity. This car is not meant for a family as it is a two-seater. However, sports car enthusiasts who are interested in contributing towards a greener lifestyle will find this car perfect for them.

Considering the features and the inclusion of the hybrid technology in the 918 Spyder, it is the perfect machine. It offers something for everyone. This car can easily become the hero on the track as well as on the road. If you are looking for a hybrid car that packs a punch, this is it, the Porsche 918 Spyder.