Porsche and the high performance go hand in hand, everybody knows that. However, what the Porsche is also known for is the hyper-cars that the brand launches from time to time. The Porsche 918 Spyder is a one of that kind and despite it exited the production this model still impresses with its attitude and staggering performance. This model is still desirable and of course, the question is when will Porsche launch the successor model. Well, if we are listening to the rumors the new version should come as the 2018 Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in Hybrid. But is that really possible so soon? Well, not quite.
What are chances for the arrival of the 2018 Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in Hybrid?
When we are strictly speaking about the 2018 Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in Hybrid, it is an impossible mission. That doesn’t fit with Porsche’s strategy and is just too soon for the arrival of the new hypercar. To remind you, the Porsche 918 Spyder left the production in June 2015. Porsche produced 918 units from 2013 to 2015. The concept version was presented at the 2010 Geneva Auto. This hypercar came as the spiritual successor of the Carrera GT which debuted in 2004. So about ten years after, Porsche launched a new hyper version. Will it be the case again?
Well, when Porsche launches the new hyper-car, it has some high standards in mind. The Porsche 918 Spyder set 6: 57 lap record at the Nürburgring and the successor must do better of course. However, as the trends in the auto industry are changing new Porsche’s car would likely be the electric model. The problem is, of course, with the current battery technology and feasibility to build such car. The batteries would be too heavy at this point of development to provide such performance and Porsche would have to design this car as the hybrid but that was the case with the 918. So, in order to produce a new hyper-car version, Porsche needs a new breakthrough in the battery technology and that won’t happen soon.
What is sure, Porsche will launch the new supercar to be the successor for the 918 and it will likely be the electric car. The brand hasn’t any timetable in the mind and according to leaked information, the next hyper model might need even more than 10 years since the 918 discontinuation. So, as the things now stand, the successor of the 918 won’t likely arrive before 2025.
Impressive performance of the 918 Spyder
The Porsche 918 Spyder is designed as the mid-engined plug-in hybrid supercar. The car includes a naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V-8 engine. This engine can produce 608 hp and 398 pound-feet of torque. However, two electric motors assisting with 279 hp and total output reaches staggering 887 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque. The model also uses the PDK dual-clutch transmission and 6.8-kWh lithium-ion battery. The electric range is 12 miles.
The 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid can hit 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. The max speed is 214 mph. The model also set the record of 6 minutes 57 seconds at the Nürburgring.