Read the numbers. 78 mpg or 3 L for every 100 kilometers. Zero to 100 km/hr in just 3.2 seconds. Top speed of 320 km/hr or 198 mph. 70 g of Carbon dioxide for every kilometer. Yes, that last one included. These numbers of the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in concept is set to impress every one at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show where it will be under spotlight.
Under the hood of this Porsche concept car is V8 with 3.4L displacement that is capable of outputting 500 horsepower while revving up to about 9,200 rpm. The powperplant is enhanced by electric motors that punch in about 160 kW or 218 hp more.
The powerful engine is coupled with a seven-speed PDK on an all wheel drive configuration. The energy is packed in lithium ion batteries placed behind the passenger and cooled by liquid flowing around them. The 918 Spyder plug-in concept also makes use of regenerative braking technology.
This green car from Porsche tips the scale at about 3,285 pounds or 1,490 kilos. It was able to achieve that by using carbon fiber for the body panels.
According to the carmaker, the 918 has four different running modes. The driver of the Porsche 918 can select the running mode by pressing a button.
There is the E-Drive which will let the car run on electric power only. The 918 can go all electric for 25 km or about 16 miles.
The hybrid mode lets the 918 Spyder use the combustion engine and the electric motors in combo which will depend on the driving condition. The car can be fuel efficient or give you that speed blast when needed.
There is also a Race Hybrid mode which focuses on the driving performance of the Porsche and driving dynamics to give you a good ride on the road.
When your battery pack has sufficient power in them, you can toggle the E-Boost to help gain some power when overtaking other cars on the road. It gets the extra power from the electrical motors.
The interior of the Spyder also serves as preview to the future technology and design of this German luxury vehicle.
The inside of the car features the different lightings available, multi function steering wheel, and a Range Manager. The range manager allows the driver to see the range of the car based on a map while driving and another mode showing the range of the car when depending on electricity alone and any possible charging points while cruising the city streets.