Porsche has no plans for another hybrid hypercar until 2025.
The Porsche 918 Spyder became the German manufacturer’s flagship hypercar when it launched back in 2013, forming part of the holy trinity of hybrid hypercars alongside the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari. If you want one, you’re out of luck though. Only 918 examples of the hybrid hypercar were produced, each of which sold out by the end of 2014. If you were hoping a 918 successor would be rolled out soon, we have more bad news – according to a report by Motoring it’s going to be a very long wait.
Porsche has hinted in the past that there will be a successor to the 918 Spyder at some point, but Motoring reports that’s not likely to happen until 2025. “We will have something in the future, but not in the near future,” said Porsche’s global chief Oliver Blume. “Special models like the 918 Spyder normally we launch every 10 years. The 918 Spyder we launched in 2015. Now we are '17.” Development for Porsche's next hybrid hypercar hasn’t even started yet. However, Blume welcomes competition from the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie and Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercars. “We love to have competition because we are coming from motorsport,” he said.
“Competition helps you to be better, even better than the competition, and therefore for us it’s very important to have a good management and innovations, and at the end have the car with the best driving performance, best driving dynamics and that’s our competition. We are happy about the competition.” Both the Valkyrie and Project One are extreme machines with hybrid powertrains that should pack around 1,000 horsepower, so the future Porsche 918 successor will need to be just as radical if it's to compete. Saying that, the 918 Spyder is no slouch: a 4.6-liter V8 engine and two electric motors combine to produce 887 horsepower. 0-60 mph takes just 2.5 seconds, before it reaches a top speed of 210 mph.
Of course, the Porsche 918 was also renowned for setting a production car lap record of 6:57 at the Nurburgring, a time which has since been destroyed by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, so it will be interesting to see if Porsche can claim back the crown.