Porsche Says 918 Will Always Be Hybrid

Supercar

Porsche boss says to forget about the hypercar without batteries.

In speaking with Top Gear, Porsche R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz has revealed that the 918 Spyder will never come with conventional power. There will not be a 918 Spyder Clubsport or RS model. Why? Hatz claims there is no need for it. The supercar’s hybrid systems are in fact integral to the car’s performance. Without hybrid support, says Hatz, the 918 Spyder would be five seconds slower around the Nurburgring even though the electric motors, battery cells and associated tech weigh in at a hefty 341 kg.

Over the next decade, Porsche will focus on plug-in hybrid tech as it “offers the best synthesis between performance and sustainability.” All-electric powertrains will come once the range and efficiency of the battery has been significantly improved. And that, the man responsible for the carmaker’s R&D says, is still some way off.

You Might Also Like
Hennessey Monsters With Over 1,000 HP
Hennessey Monsters With Over 1,000 HP
10 Cars That Deserved Better Engines Than They Got
10 Cars That Deserved Better Engines Than They Got
Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$845,000