No. 472 of the 918 produced, this 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach represents Stuttgart’s answer to the latest generation of exotic supercars: a brilliantly conceived machine that remains at the leading edge almost 10 years after its October 2010 introduction at the Geneva Auto Show.
If the central purpose of the breed is to push boundaries, the hybrid 918 exceeds its mission parameters like never before, and the addition of the $84,000 Weissach Package puts it even further out of the competition’s reach. The plug-in hybrid-drive 918 incorporates not one, not two, but three power sources, comprising two electric motors—one for the front wheels, and one at the rear, totaling 285 HP—and the RS Spyder LMP2-derived 4.6L/608 HP all-aluminum DOHC V-8 feeding Porsche’s PDK 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox integrated with an electro-mechanical limited-slip differential with 3.08 final drive.
Packaged in an advanced carbon fiber monocoque featuring computer-controlled double-wishbone front suspension with coil springs and multi-link rear suspension, the 918’s potent drivetrain harvests power for its electric contingent through its carbon ceramic disc brakes, and it can be operated in Electric Only, Hybrid and Race Hybrid modes, each one tailored to specific performance parameters affecting its Active Suspension Management, electric power rack-and-pinion steering and rear-axle steering for astounding control clear through to its 217 MPH top speed.
Driven a mere 2,872 miles, Porsche 918 No. 472 is finished to sample in bright Orix Metallic paint accented with Acid Green-painted disc brake calipers behind Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. In addition to carbon fiber removable roof panels, a speed-active rear wing and a black interior with red accents, lightweight bucket seats, a leather-wrapped Sport steering wheel, back-up camera and HomeLink connectivity, this 918 offers the Magnesium 918 Spyder wheels with silver accents and locks, ceramic wheel bearings, lighter brakes and titanium chassis bolts included in the highly exclusive Weissach Package.
This vehicle will be offered by Mecum as LOT S112 during their Monterey event, running from August 15-17.
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