At this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show Porsche will finally show us the production version of the 918 Spyder hyper car. It has been in the works longer than LaFerrari and McLaren, and, well, it is slower than both. But it is the more usable of the three, and you can even daily drive it if you want.
The standard Porsche 918 is pretty dope. I mean, you get an 887 horsepower car with the ability to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and an average standard fuel consumption of between 94 mpg and 85 mpg. Properly mind-boggling stuff. And then there’s those glorious looks, and a removable carbon roof.
But there’s always those who want a little bit more of everything. These are the guys who buy tuned car and spend bucket loads of money customizing their supercar, so that it won’t look like their neighbor’s. In the case of the 918, Porsche has been clever and instead of letting the tuners reap all the cash, they are introducing, from launch, the Porsche 918 Weissach Package.
Inspired by Motorsport, the Weissach Package include super lightweight magnesium wheels that reduce unsprung weight, decreasing the gross weight by around 35 kg. It also adds six-point harness seat belts for the driver and front passenger, an optional film coating instead of a paint finish, plus additional aerodynamic add-on parts in visible carbon fibre.
The best feature of the package, however, is the availability of special colours and designs inspired by legendary Porsche race cars. Porsche 918 Weissach Package allows you create a unique-looking car. Our favorite is the Martini livery.
Porsche 918 Spyder Specifications
Body: Two-seat Spyder; carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier; two-piece Targa roof; fixed roll-over protection system
Drivetrain: Parallel full hybrid; 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with dry-sump lubrication; hybrid module with electric motor and decoupler; electric motor with decoupler and transmission on front axle; auto Start Stop function; electrical system recuperation; four cooling circuits for motors, transmission and battery; thermal management
Displacement: 4,593 cm (V8 engine)
Engine power: 608 hp (447 kW) at 8700/min (V8 engine)
286 hp (210 kW) at 6500/min (electric motors)
887 hp (652 kW) at 8500/min (combined)
Max. torque: 917–1,280 Nm (overall, depending on the gear)
Maximum revs: 9,150/min
Power output per litre: 132 hp/litre (V8 engine)