Porsche 918 Spyder gears up for the last production model of its kind 2

One of the most iconic and beautiful supercar models in history is prepping up to release the final Spyder model to the world. Porsche has a reputation of producing some of the most luxurious vehicles ever made and we expect the last Porsche 918 Spyder will be nothing short of that. Even though it’s been in production for 21 months, future generations of sports cars will benefit directly from innovations found in this Porsche 918 Spyder.

Previous Models

porsche-918-spyderWhilst we will be mourning the end of a spectacular model, we look back at how the Spyder line proved to the world that hybrid electric drivetains have the ability to power remarkable high performance street machines.

It still maintains the fastest lap of a street-legal car on production tires aroung the famous Nurburgring, it famously raced the lap in just 6m and 57s. This record was set in September 2013, and to this day the record hasn’t been beaten by any production car.

Competition

This car has always been lined up against the Carrera GT as they share some similarities; however the Porsche 918 Spyder always has had the edge. It also comes up against other heavy weights such as the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and the Koenigsegg One. But all these cars have one similarity and that is the high-horsepower gas engines with electric motors to produce maximum power and performance.

Specs

Instead of a massive, powerful engine, the Porsche 918 Spyder uses a combination of a compact and potent 4.6-liter V-8 engine rated at 608 horsepower with a hybrid electric drive system, working together they can produce a total output of 887hp, allowing the V8 to reach a staggering 9,150 revolutions per minute. The 918 also uses two electric motors, one to control the front axle and one for the rear, the front axle is so good that it can power the Spyder alone on electric power.

The Porsche 918 Spyder can reach a top speed of speed of 211 mph, can accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in just 2.8 seconds, and this is all made possible by the weight of the car. Weighing just 3,715 pounds in standard trim, this is due to the extensive use of aluminium and composites throughout the vehicle help the Spyder keep its weight low.

Price

The Porsche has so far been released in Stuttgart and will be available elsewhere soon, but most experts expect the 918 to be sold out very soon. Currently the Porsche 918 Spyder will set you back about £536,455.