In typical Middle Eastern fashion, one owner of a Porsche 918 Spyder equipped with the optional Weissach package recently had the German hybrid hypercar wrapped in gold chrome. As certainly the brightest and boldest 918 Spyder we’ve seen, this example really stands out even in Saudi Arabia which is home to some exceptionally bold supercars!
As a reminder, 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.