Another recall has hit the other end of the VW Group’s product roster, with the Porsche 918 Spyder requiring inspection for a potential problem with the car’s seatbelts. According to Porsche, an error in the parts manual had transposed the location of the screws that hold the seatbelt mount and belt reel mount.
The fix isn’t as simple as removing and reattaching the screws, because these parts are one-time use only, and they are not identical. The automaker says “the function of the seat belt system could possibly be impaired in the event of an accident,” and therefore is recalling all units of the 918 Spyder. The company adds that it will rectify the error in the parts catalogue.
The 918 Spyder has been recalled before. Last year, the plug-in hybrid hypercar was recalled over a risk of cooling system failure caused by potentially damaged wiring harnesses, affecting cars produced before April 2015. There were other earlier recalls on separate occasions, involving the rear axle control arms and other defective chassis parts respectively.
Revealed as a concept in 2010, the production variant was paraded at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale as a 2015 model year unit. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.6 litre V8 engine and a pair of electric motors, the Porsche 918 Spyder produces a total of 887 hp and 1,275 Nm of torque.
A seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission sends all that grunt to all four corners of the car, resulting in a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 340 km/h. A 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack allows for electric-only distance of up to 19 km under the EPA five-cycle tests.
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