03 October, 2018

Porsche 918 Spyder – Out-Priced but not Out-Gunned.

Under promising and over delivering makes a strong political campaign but now? A fantastic car.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a member of the Holy Trinity of Hypercars joined by the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari. For some reason, it’s the most under-appreciated of the three. Why?

Some of the reasons point to its 1.5-tonne weight and lower asking price but what Porsche has created needs to be celebrated.

Even if the Porsche 918 Spyder lacks in the weight and price department, it’s certainly not out-gunned by any stretch of the imagination.

Porsche 918 Spyder Design

The ancestry of the 918 speaks for itself. Heavily laden with elements of the 2004 Porsche Carrera GT, you can already imagine the traction and sturdy chassis.

With 4-wheel drive and a technologically-advanced computer system, you can feel the car heed to your demands when you point it in the direction of your choosing.

What this means is that you can pay less attention to what gear you’re in but more attention to choosing when to put the hammer down and make use of the 918’s impressive traction abilities. How? The car knows how much power each wheel needs and how much!

Porsche 918 Spyder Specs

Aided by other tools such as active aerodynamics, the rear wing can adapt itself to the requirements of the driver by adjusting itself into different positions or extending the rear spoiler located under the wing.

It doesn’t stop here because Porsche has this bolt-on called The Weissach package. In short, it’s less weight and more performance. A tell-tell sign of 918 sporting this package are the unpainted composite elements, six-point seatbelt and aerodynamic flaps.

This all came together to complete a 6:57 lap time at the Nürburgring which happens to be similar to the McLaren P1’s target of under seven minutes. Not bad eh?

Porsche 918 Spyder Performance

The performance stats for the 918 put up a good fight with the other members of the Holy Trinity. What’s important to remember here is that if the 918 lacks in performance, it’s chassis and traction can close that gap.

  • Engine: 4.6L V8.
  • Power: 878 bhp.
  • 0-62: up to 2.8s.
  • 0-124: up to 7.9s.
  • Top Speed: 214mph.
  • Weight: 1675kg (Weissach package shaves 35kg).
  • Battery life: 7 years.

The Porsche 918 has more than earned its place as a member of the Holy Trinity with these punchy stats.

Final Words

A lot of what’s great about the Porsche 918 Spyder you cannot see at first. It’s when you drive the car and hear it grow from a hum into a space shuttle lift off do you see what Porsche packed into the car.

The Holy Trinity has introduced us to a new breed of car. The performance stats and use of technology are both scary and exciting. However, fossil-fueled cars are making a comeback.

Despite the threat of progress from the likes of the Bugatti Chiron, Aston Martin Valkyrie and the Mercedes One, its technology is state-of-the-art and provides a strong test bed for future innovations. Game on.

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