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Power and Price Details For Porsche 918 Spyder Reported

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid is due to begin assembly of a total run of 918 units on 9/18/13 but the German automaker may fall short of a potential trifecta of numeric symbolism considering what its peak horsepower will be. Alas, this plug-in car will not offer 918 bhp, but will manage a gas-plus-electric output of somewhere over 784 bhp, which in any case ought to be enough to get out of its own way.

This unofficial word comes as more leaked info is reportedly being shared online about the $1 million supercar’s technical specifications. These are based on what are represented as a copy of the 918’s sales brochure and possibly also early disclosures to well-heeled potential customers with loose lips – or ready fingers at the keyboard, if you will.

In brief, the 4.6-liter V8 portion of the drivetrain appears to be pegging 572 bhp at a motorcycle-like peak of 9,000 rpm. Torque is said to be 370 pound-feet. Thanks to the electrified part of the drivetrain, between 1,000 and 4,000 rpm, total torque is reported at a tractor-like 569 pound-feet.

The car’s two electric motors are stated as delivering a combined total of 241 bhp. The rear motor in the all-wheel-drive car adds 127 bhp. The front adds 114 bhp. As is the case of some hybrids, apparently power peaks are not all available at the same time, so the combined peak horsepower from all three motive sources – which would add to 813 – is not all available at once. Peak power is listed instead as 784 bhp, which still is a healthy bump from 762 bhp previously reported.

Said power is delivered via a seven-speed PDK transmission that comes equipped also with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and Electric Porsche Traction Management and a “sail mode” which can decouple the engine and transmission for incremental economy gains.


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