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Initially shown as a concept at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show, the 918 Spyder combined classic Porsche qualities with cutting-edge technical capability. It featured an innovative hybrid drivetrain that promised to impart otherworldly performance with low-fuel consumption and long electric range. Met with an ecstatic reception from the motoring press and enthusiasts, a production model debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, with 918 examples rolling off the assembly line in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen through June 2015. Most were offered to the company’s best and most loyal customers.
Inspired by Porsche racing cars, such as the 917, 935, 906, and RS Spyder, the evocative shape of the 918 was predominantly crafted from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and defined by a sloped nose, fairings extending from behind the seat headrests, exhaust pipes exiting from the rear deck lid, and detachable roof panels that opened up the cabin to the elements when stowed. The driver-focused cockpit was swathed in leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber, and dominated by an ultra-modern console rising from the center that housed the majority of controls.
The 918’s monocoque chassis and subframe were made from CFRP for extreme torsional rigidity and lightweight construction. The suspension was complemented by Porsche’s Active Suspension Management and a rear-axle steering system that allowed more precise turning at lower speeds and enhanced stability at higher speeds. Derived from the LMP2 RS Spyder endurance racer, the 4.6-liter V-8 uses a carbon-reinforced-polymer dry sump lubrication system. Developing 608 hp at 8,700 rpm, the V-8 works in tandem with two electric motors mounted to the front and rear axles that can recover energy through the ceramic composite disc brakes and send additional power to all four wheels. Connected to Porsche’s seven-speed Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, the complex plug-in hybrid system combines for a maximum system output of 887 hp and 940 lbs./ft. of torque. Furthermore, the car can be run solely on electric power, with a maximum range of 19 miles.
The 918 received much acclaim for its maximum performance with minimum consumption, with Porsche providing performance figures of 0–60 mph in 2.5 seconds, 0–120 mph in 7.2 seconds, and a top speed of 217 mph.
This 918 Spyder is the 89th example built and was sold new to its first owner in August 2014 through Michael Stead Porsche of Walnut Creek, California. Understated and beautiful, this 918 is finished in Basalt Black Metallic over an Onyx leather interior with Acid Green piping. Also specified with the front-axle lift system and stone shield, this example was purchased by the consignor in 2017 and displayed less than 1,400 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloguing. In previous ownership, this 918 had recall campaigns and servicing completed by Michael Stead Porsche, as documented by invoices on file. More recently, it was serviced at Beverly Hills Porsche.
Accompanied by delivery accessories including its books, keys, cover, battery charging kit, and a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, this Porsche 918 mixes supercar capability and efficiency into a singular entity. Its prodigious capabilities and timeless styling combine to give the ultimate supercar experience.