World Car Fans brings word of some leaked info regarding the Porsche 918 Spyder. Details include a preview of the colour palette, which will consist of Carrara White, Black, Platinum Silver Metallic and Basalt Black. More interesting, though, is news of the 918’s operating modes which are activated by a dial on the steering wheel.
There’s four settings in all for the 528kW hybrid, including E-Power, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid, Race Hybrid. They do pretty much what the labels say: E-Power is a barely useful electric only mode, which has a range of up to 25km; Hybrid is the default setting and uses the 368kW of V8 power and 160kW of electric power as is most appropriate; Sport Hybrid provides more torque to the rear and is for your B-road blat; and Race Hybrid, unsurprisingly, is best suited for track use and allows you to go hunting the limits of performance.
Also worth noting is the comment that the V8 in the 918 Spyder will have an engine capacity greater than 4.0 litres. The accepted theory had previously been the V8 would be based on the 3.4 litre unit found in the RS Spyder racecar. It has previously been suggested the engine may be increased to 3.6 litres, but this is the first time we’ve heard anyone predicting 4.0 litres or more.
All in all the 918 sounds pretty good. All that’s left to do now is find that €645K (AU$890K) hiding under the bed.
[Source: World Car Fans]