There is no doubt that hybrid technology can be used to lower fuel consumption in vehicles that are part of the sedan, SUV, luxury and similar markets but still there is the other purpose for delivering of this type of powertrains. This has been proven with the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid and similar supercars where hybrid part improves performances.
Looking it from the outside we are able to immediately notice that it is a Porsche and to notice recognizable 911 lines. When we take a closer look we can see few of the badges that are pointing out that it is a hybrid. Significantly different is under the hood and this mainly is related to the powertrain that we are getting here.
There are different ways to produce insane amounts of power. We were able to see anything from turbocharged V6 units to F1 inspired V10 units in Porsche lineup but this one succeeds in delivery even more. With combination of powerful V8 gasoline engine and two electric motors we really are getting one supercar. One electric motor is designated to drive front wheels while the other is there to send power to the rear wheels and they are mostly used to help out V8 unit to further improve performances but also are able to power vehicle alone.
Range Of 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid
With a plug-in option every driver will be able to recharge battery pack that allows from 12 to 19 miles of electric only range, depending on the drive conditions. What is important to add is the fact that this vehicle is performance oriented hybrid but it also significantly improves fuel economy and can offer all electric drive for a short period of time. According to European tests it is possible to achieve 78 mpg but that figure can be achieved in only ideal conditions and maybe not even then.
What we do know is that 875 hp 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid will offer much lower fuel consumption when compared to equally powerful vehicles available on the road but that are powered with only a standard gasoline unit, with or without supercharger, turbocharger and similar technology. It is also interesting that it will consume less fuel even than many significantly less powerful vehicles and that is one of the advantages that hybrids offer.
Total power of the system is about 875 hp but it also delivers 944 pound feet of torque. Thankfully to the instant torque delivery we are getting from electric motors it is possible to achieve impressive acceleration times. According to tests it is possible to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds while the max speed of 214 mph will be achieved. Comparing to powerful and agile 911 Turbo it is pretty easy to follow it with impressive machine like this one even when it is driven by professional driver.
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid Price
Porsche is not only supercar maker that delivers hybrid powertrains in their top of the range models, we could see this also with recently presented models from Ferrari and McLaren. Base price at which the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid comes is set to about $845.000 which is quite incredible price tag and is quite similar to other vehicles in this segment.