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What It’s Like to Drive Porsche’s Ultra-Fast and Limited Edition 918 Spyder


The Porsche 918 Spyder is the fastest and most powerful road-going Porsche to date. It is super complex and comes with a colossal price tag.

The 918 Spyder made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and went into production later that year.

For 3 years the 918 went trough intensive development and the final version was tested at the famous Nürburgring in early September. The result was a record-breaking lap time that beat out the previous fastest Carrera GT by a whopping 33 seconds. Up until then the Carrera GT was the fastest road-going Porsche.

The new Spyder is powered by a mid-mounted V8 gasoline 4.6-liter engine that is based on the RS Spyder race car. The V8 is supplemented by a pair of synchronous electric motors, one mounted at the rear and the other at the front. The 3 total power sources produce a whopping 875 horsepower and a mind blowing 944 lb-ft of torque!

Both a fixed gear and a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox transfer power. The fixed gear controls the front axle to supply electric drive to the front wheels at speeds up to 165 mph. The gearbox is located at the back and turns the back wheels, with a blend of electric power and gasoline-engine power. Based on the drive function chosen, the new Porsche is able to perform in front, rear or four-wheel drive settings.

Driving the 918 Spyder

You just can’t hop into the 918 Spyder and begin driving the first time you encounter it. You have to become familiar with the numerous switches that control the advance driveline, before you can feel comfortable fully unleashing the mind-blowing performance at full force. The 918 Spyder is without a doubt one of the most exciting and thrilling sports cars to ever wear the Porsche badge. When it isn’t in full electric mode, it is also ear splitting loud and ferocious sounding.

The 918’s gasoline-electric hybrid system provides 5 drive modes: Electric, Hybrid, Sport, Race, and Hot Lap. The mode selection is made via a rotary dial on the steering wheel (lower right side).

When the Spyder goes beyond 93 mph, the race-bred V8 automatically comes alive with a chest-shaking growl. This sound is from the combined electric power and combustion engine that rockets the car.

The performance gets even better in race mode, when the gasoline-electric hybrid system delivers its full 875 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque.

Then there is the hot lap which is mainly for the track. In this mode, additional torque is delivered to the front wheels providing better cornering and stability.

With the optional Weissach performance package the Spyder hits 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds and has a top speed of 214 mph.

The 918 Spyder has a massive base price of $845,000 and is Porsche’s most expensive production car. If you want the Weissach performance package expect to pay up to $929,000.

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