GTspirit recently had the privilege of taking another visit to German exotic car dealer Semco in Munich. Having previously been there to snap the likes of a black Lamborghini Veneno Roadster and McLaren P1, we knew just what to expect.
We were greeted once again by the same Veneno Roadster as well as two Porsche 918 Spyders, one a standard model and the other fitted with the optional Weissach package and wearing a Martini Racing livery. While the brightly lit car park may not be the best imaginable setting to shoot the following cars, Tobias Brandl has managed to produce some truly incredible pictures.
Seeing as though we’ve previously played around with the Veneno Roadster and the ‘regular’ 918 Spyder, our attention was drawn to the 918 Spyder Weissach. The headline for the Weissach Package is improved performance. From zero to 100 km/h takes just 2.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the standard model. It takes just 7.2 seconds to travel from zero to 200 km/h in 7.2 seconds (a 0.5 second reduction), and 19.9 seconds to pass the 300 km/h mark (a 2.1 second reduction).
This extra speed has been achieved by stripping away lots of unnecessary weight. For example, the car features lightweight magnesium wheels, a weight-optimised brake system with titanium components, a carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) anti-roll bar at the rear axle as well as a CFRP prop on the luggage compartment lid.
Under the hood, it features the same powertrain as the standard 918 Spyder. That is a mid-mounted 4.6-litre V8 engine producing 608 hp independently – the highest specific power of any naturally aspirated Porsche engine. The V8 is then supplemented by a further two electric motors mounted on each axle. The electric motors can either drive the wheels independently or work together with the engine to boost performance. Each motor produces enough power to boost the total figure to an amazing 887 hp. A seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) controls power delivery to the rear wheels.