2015 PORSCHE 918 SPYDER: Hybrid Hypercar Hits the Auction Block


Written by Nicole Ellan James


The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder stands as a groundbreaking hybrid hypercar, embodying a revolutionary hybrid powertrain that secures its place in the illustrious Holy Trinity alongside the McLaren P1 and Ferrari’s LaFerrari. Unveiled as a concept in 2010 and later presented in production form at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 918 Spyder was Porsche’s highest-performing production car at the time, the culmination of the marque’s expertise in combining cutting-edge technology with the thrill of high-performance driving. Barrett-Jackson is offering bidders at the 2024 Scottsdale Auction the opportunity to take one home with No Reserve.

At the heart of the “paint-to-sample non-metallic” Acid Green Porsche 918 offered is its innovative powertrain, which blends a high-revving dry-sump 4.6-liter V8 engine, backed by a 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, with two electric motors. The V8, derived from Porsche’s successful RS Spyder racing car, produces a remarkable 608 horsepower and exhales through an Iconel exhaust system that exits between the cylinder banks at the top of the engine. This combustion engine alone would make the 918 Spyder a formidable supercar, but Porsche takes it a step further by integrating two electric motors. The front axle is powered by a 154-horsepower electric motor, while a 127-horsepower electric motor is connected to the rear. It all rides on 20- and 21-inch magnesium performance wheels, a signature component of the Weissach Package with which the Spyder has been optioned.

The combination of these power sources results in a mind-boggling total output of 887 horsepower and 900 ft/lbs of torque. This hybrid setup allows the 918 Spyder to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, reaching a top speed of 214 mph. The electric motors contribute not only to acceleration but also to efficiency, allowing the 918 Spyder to achieve an impressive fuel economy of 67 miles per gallon, according to the EPA.

The 918 Spyder features a sophisticated system that allows the driver to choose between several different driving modes, ranging from pure electric mode to a high-performance hybrid mode. According to the EPA, in E-Power mode, the car can operate solely on electric power for around 12 miles, making it suitable for short urban commutes and contributing to the car’s overall efficiency. The Hybrid mode intelligently combines the power of the combustion engine and electric motors for optimal performance and fuel efficiency. For those seeking the utmost performance, the Sport Hybrid and Race Hybrid modes unleash the full power of the 918 Spyder, utilizing the electric motors to boost acceleration and agility.

The Holy Trinity membership is underscored by the 918 Spyder’s record-setting performance on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. In 2013, the 918 Spyder lapped the iconic German track in just 6 minutes and 57 seconds, setting a new record by 14 seconds for production cars at the time. It was also the first time that any production model had lapped the track in under seven minutes. These achievements highlight the car’s exceptional handling, aerodynamics and overall performance capabilities.

The design of the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is a blend of aerodynamics and aesthetics. The body, surrounding a carbon-fiber monocoque, is constructed primarily from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer, providing both strength and lightness. The design is not only functional but also striking, with distinctive features such as the upward-sweeping exhaust pipes and the active aerodynamic elements to optimize downforce and reduce drag at different speeds, such as with the rear carbon-fiber wing and diffuser. Notably, the roof panels can also be removed and stored in the front trunk of the vehicle to provide an open-air driving experience. The 918 offered is equipped with a front lift system and a stone guard.

Inside the cockpit, the 918 Spyder offers a driver-focused environment, blending luxury and performance with CXX Special Wishes options. High-quality materials, such as carbon fiber and Onyx Black leather with green piping, adorn the lightweight bucket-seat interior, creating a premium and sporty ambiance. Additionally, the seat belts and floor mats have Acid Green accents. The driver can enjoy a range of technological features, including a cutting-edge infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster that provides essential information about the car’s performance.

Production of the Porsche 918 Spyder spanned 2013 through 2015 and was limited to just 918 vehicles, adding an exclusivity factor to this already exceptional hypercar.

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Title: 2015 PORSCHE 918 SPYDER: Hybrid Hypercar Hits the Auction Block
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Published Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2023 17:59:36 +0000