While the 887 hp Porsche 918 Spyder is extremely impressive, some questions have been raised about whether or not it could be better without the hybrid power and make do with the reduce power with a significantly lighter overall weight.
However, while recently speaking with Top Gear, boss of Porsche’s research and development team Wolfgang Hatz has revealed that the Porsche 918 Spyder will only ever be offered as a hybrid. This means that a possible 918 Spyder Clubsport or RS won’t come to fruition with purely combustion power. Unsurprisingly, stripping away all of the hybrid tech therefore reducing the car’s overall weight by 314 kg, wouldn’t result in a faster car as the 4.6-liter V8 engine by itself delivers ‘only’ 608 hp.
In fact, Hatz claims that without the 918’s hybrid tech, it would be around 5 seconds slower around the Nurburgring. However, stripping away over 300 kg from the car would inevitably make it more nimble through the corners and even though it may be slower in a straight line, we can imagine Porsche easily finding interested customers in such a car.
Nevertheless, we’ll have to survive with the standard Porsche 918 Spyder and that’s certainly not a bad thing. In fact, when equipped with the Weissach Package, the 918 sprints from 0-100km/h in just 2.6 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 7.2 seconds and goes on to hit 300 km/h in just 19.9 seconds!
[Via Top Gear]