The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction | Lot 185
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
$1,407,500 USD | Sold
| Atlanta, Georgia
27 October 2018
- Single ownership and only 225 miles
- Finished in stunning Liquid Metal Chrome Blue
- One of four such examples in this color combination; the only with Platinum Satin wheels
- Exceptionally well optioned and presented; the most expensive non-Weissach edition built
- Includes its original accessories and manuals, as well as Porsche CXX summary
- Recently serviced, including all recalls
- The ultimate Porsche hypercar
Throughout its 70-year history, Porsche has enjoyed a well-earned reputation for crafting machines that push the edge of the automotive envelope in terms of pioneering the best available technology to provide an exceptional driving experience in every regard. Influenced by both the technological powerhouse that was the 959 and the uncompromisingly thrilling Carrera GT, the 918 Spyder utilizes state-of-the-art hybrid-electric technology to improve efficiency, as well as raise the bar of hypercar performance.
Boasting a chassis constructed almost entirely out of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic composite, at the 918’s heart is a naturally aspirated 90-degree V-8. Based on the engine in the RS Spyder LMP2 Le Mans prototype, it can rev to an earth-shaking 9,000 rpm thanks to its flat-plane crankshaft, titanium connection rod, four valves per cylinder, and dry-sump lubrication. Direct fuel injection and the patented Porsche Variocam intake system help to provide an engine output of 608 bhp, which translates to an exceptional 133 bhp per liter of displacement.
Supporting the 918 Spyder’s conventional engine are a pair of electric motors; one mated to the V-8 itself and another providing drive to the front axle. Offing an additional 284 bhp, they bring total output to 887 bhp and 944 foot-pounds of torque. All this power is managed through the venerable Porsche PDK seven-speed transmission, and its delivery can be further refined through five driving modes, ranging from full electric to ‘Hot Lap,’ which squeezes out every ounce of available performance from the hybrid powertrain.
Needless to say, the 918 Spyder’s performance is nothing short of exceptional. The sprint from 0–60 mph can be reached in less than 2.5 seconds, faster than its hybrid hypercar rivals, the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari. Should the driver be brave enough to keep accelerating, the 918 Spyder will achieve a top speed of 211 mph. Comparing performance figures between ‘the big three’ showed that not only was the 918 the fastest to 60 mph, it also boasts the furthest electric-only range, lowest carbon dioxide emissions, and lowest fuel consumption.
Of course, in order to rein in all this power, equally impressive brakes are also pivotal to the 918 Spyder’s performance. Massive carbon-ceramic disc brakes sitting behind lightweight alloy wheels measure 410-mm in diameter at the front with six piston calipers and 390-mm at the rear with four piston calipers. Active aerodynamics also assist the driver. These include an adjustable rear wing, a pair of flaps under the floor in the nose, and additional flaps around the headlamps. The aerodynamics can be adjusted to provide either maximum efficiency or additional downforce, as tailored by the car’s driving modes.
Built for the 2015 model year, this 918 Spyder boasts a fascinating and tasteful specification. Today it remains with its first and only owner. Finished in the highly desirable and truly stunning Liquid Metal Chrome Blue paintwork, a $65,000 option itself, the interior is trimmed in Black leather with Acid Green highlights, including matching stitching on the steering wheel and sun visors. Keen eyes will further note that the car’s carbon fiber interior trim is in a matte finish, as opposed to the traditional gloss finish, and that all the ‘918 Spyder’ and ‘e-Hybrid’ badging has been deleted from the exterior, making for a slightly stealthy and streamlined look. It is one of only such Base examples finished in this color combination and the only such car fitted with 918 Spyder Platinum Satin wheels. Included on file is the Porsche CXX document that summarizes the custom tailoring options specified by the owner. Weissach editions aside, this example is the most expensive 918 Spyder delivered.
Further options include the front-end lifter, fire extinguisher, Burmester stereo system, mirror covers in visible carbon fiber, rear spoiler in visible carbon fiber, vehicle tracking system, Acid Green seat belts, and wheels painted platinum silver. Purchased by a California-based Porsche collector who has maintained the car since new, it has accumulated less than 225 miles and presents in new condition throughout. Recently serviced, the owner has also taken care of any outstanding recalls. Furthermore, the car includes all of its original delivery accessories, such as the factory photobook, motorsports six-point harnesses, and collection of owner’s manuals, booklets, and accompanying literature.
Of the hybrid hypercar trio, the 918 Spyder is undoubtedly the most usable as it beautifully combines its other-worldly performance with comfort, convenience, and the joy of open-top motoring. Without question the most technologically thrilling Porsche to date, the 918 Spyder stands proudly with the likes of the 959. Furthermore, it is a fantastic car to own and enjoy and is a must-have for any collector of vintage and modern Porsche icons.