The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder will herald in a supercar revolution of sorts for the German automaker, rivaling the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari for superiority much like the Carrera GT did for Porsche alongside the Enzo Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren a decade ago.
This time, more green is involved. Sure, we’re talking about money here–the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is set to hit the market at around $845,000–but we’re also talking about environmental consciousness, too. The Porsche 918 is a plug-in hybrid, allowing it to travel approximately 18 miles on electric power alone. Yes, Virginia, you’ll be allowed to use the carpool lane all by yourself!
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The 918 Spyder will have a combined 887 horsepower when the 608-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 is paired with the 154-horsepower electric motors via all-wheel drive. That power will be routed to the ground via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission the the rear wheels; the front will be independently controlled with the motors.
The 3,715-pound car will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, or 7 seconds in all-electric mode for city driving. It’ll top out at 93 mph in electric mode, or more than 211 mph when running as a hybrid, with the electric motors decoupling at speeds over 146 mph. Because, let’s face it, at that point, you’re done with trying to save the environment, unless you happen to be Al Gore III. The car will undoubtedly be faster still with the Weissach package that shaves about 100 pounds off the car and instills it with an even racier elements. That beast starts at $929,000, and Porsche says that about half of them have been ordered with the Weissach package.
There is no word yet on fuel economy of the Porsche 918, but we can guarantee it’ll be more than 5 mpg. Yup, we’re sticking to that promise.
Other options in the 2015 Porsche 918 include Liquid Metal Silver or Chrome Blue paint ($63,000), magnesium wheels ($32,500; standard with the Weissach package), a laughable $26,000 Porsche Authentic Leather interior that replaces “standard” leather, a DC “Speed” charging station ($22,100), 918 Luggage set ($19,900), front axle lift system ($10,500), carbon fiber interior package ($7,500), and electric comfort heating ($6,000). That means that before delivery and taxes, you could max out a 918 Spyder at $1,084,000. That doesn’t even include the optional $172,000 Porsche 911 Turbo S 918 Spyder Edition that customers waiting in line could get to tell bystanders that their “other” car is a $1 million supercar. Consider that a bargain against the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari, we guess.
Taking a page from Ferrari, Porsche is introducing a 918 Spyder VIP program, too, which puts current 918 owners at the top of the list for any future car, other limited editions included. Porsche 918 Spyder owners will also be invited to all of Porsche’s North American events. If it’s a limited edition, you’ll get to order your car ahead of other people based on the production number of your 918.
Benefits from the Porsche VIP program will be good for up to 10 years for those who hold onto their 918 Spyders for more than three years. For those who keep their cars between six and 36 months, the benefits will last for three years from the original delivery date of the car. And if you want to flip your car while the market is hot, say goodbye to your privileges.
With electronic all-wheel drive, Porsche says the car will likely be faster around certain tracks than the LaFerrari and McLaren P1, despite being down on power and heavier than its competitors. Those two, while also hybrids, route all of their power through their rear wheels.
The first orders for the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder will begin showing up in the U.S. at the beginning of 2014.