The folks over at Autocar have been in the automotive-review business long enough to know what makes a good car and what makes a bad one. So yeah, their opinion counts.
Having said that, it’s been a while since we last saw Steve Sutcliffe gush over a car the way he did the Porsche 918 Spyder . And really, you can’t blame the man for doing so because the 918 Spyder really is a treat to the senses.
The 918 Spyder’s combination of throaty power and quiet elegance, a paradox if there ever was one, lends itself to the growing belief that this supercar really is a Porsche masterpiece. Sutcliffe knows what masterpieces look and feel like in his years as one of the finest auto journos in the world.
So seeing him light up after pushing the pedal of the 918 Spyder made us think how cool it would be to drive the hell out of Porsche’s latest creation. If it could make a Sutcliffe turn into a kid once again, who knows how any of us would react if we’re driving this incredible piece of German engineering around.
From the power, to the handling, to the grip, to everything else in-between, the 918 Spyder really has that ’it’ factor that few cars in the world can proudly claim it has.
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When Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show we were all in amazement. Within that amazement was a sense of a sense of pessimism, as we were unsure exactly how this future successor to the Carrera GT would look and run in the real world. We all know that manufacturers have a habit of “overestimating” its cars at these shows, to put it nicely.
After more than three years, the 918 Spyder ended its testing phase and is ready for its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 918 has made many passes around the “Green Hell,” thrashing its predecessor’s time in the process. All of these laps around the famed Nürburgring and at Porsche’s test facilities have given the automaker enough details to allow it to piece together all of its specs.
So, is the 918 Spyder everything it has been hyped up to be?
Update 10/02/2013: Porsche unveiled a new promo video (above) for the new 918 Spyder in that it explains the design concept behind the new supercar. Enjoy!
Update 11/18/2013: Shortly after the first 918 Spyder units were delivered, Porsche announced a series of improvements for the new electric supercar. With the new improvements, the model equipped with the Weissach package will go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.6 seconds (-0.2 seconds), from zero to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 7.2 seconds (-0.5 seconds), and from 0 to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 19.9 seconds (-2.1 seconds). Also, when only the two electric motors run, the model goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds, without producing any emissions.
Update 12/04/2013: Porsche unveiled a new video showing its new 918 Spyder in action on the on the Valencia racetrack. Enjoy!
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The exclusive world of hypercars comes alive in the 918’s dual-mode hybrid powertrain. A snooze though the H word is, one snippet of the above video with both the big V-8 and all electric motors spinning proves the 918 is pure Porsche racecar.
Once in a decade or two, the automotive enthusiasts of this world get treated with the finest the industry can offer. This year, we saw the launch of three unique hypercars from brands that need no introduction; Mclaren, Ferrari and Porsche .
The last time Porsche made a supercar, they went with massive, gas-guzzling engines with insane amounts of horsepower. The age we live in today calls for efficient, eco-friendly motoring unlike in the past. Porsche has replaced the V10 powered Carrera GT with a V8 hybrid they call the 918 Spyder.
In a video released recently, Porsche demonstrates the production powertrain that makes the 918 Spyder such a worthy successor to the Carrera GT .
The buyer’s guide details are even more stunning, with paints far more exotic than ever before.
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The model that established the record was equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and now the tire company has revealed a video (above) that offers us a closer look at the new Nurburgring record. The video also includes interviews from the car’s project manager Frank Walliser, Michelin’s Cornelis Ter Braakm and Walter Rohrl, and the driver responsible for the record, Marc Lieb.
As a reminder, the 918 Spyder is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine with an output of 608 horsepower with a 154-horsepower electric motor powering the rear axle and a 127-horsepower electric motor on the front axle. This system generates a total of 887 horsepower and helps the 918 Spyder to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.
There are some rumors that suggest the 918 Spyder fitted with racing slicks lapped Nurburgring in just 6:48 seconds (WorldCarFans), which would put it right on pace with the overall record-holding Radical SR8 LM . We are not very sure if this rumor has any truth behind it, but until Porsche from the above video, we can tell that Lieb certainly feels confident in saying the 918 would benefit greatly with some racing tires.
In this video (after the jump) coming from Drive.com.au Lieb explains why he thinks there is room for the 918 Spyder to improve its lap time.
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The new Porsche 918 Spyder made quite a debut on the market: during its official unveiling today at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , Porsche announced that the new hybrid supercar has already broken a record around Nurburgring. Equipped with the optional "Weissach package" the new 918 Spyder managed to lap the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes, to be more precise in a time of exactly 6 minutes and 57 seconds, smashing the previous record for OEM-spec, road-going cars by 14 seconds.
Porsche achieved the feat on September 4th when three drivers — former European Rally Champion Walter Röhrl, Porsche test driver Timo Kluck and Porsche factory driver Marc Lieb — took the 918 Spyder to task on the `Ring. Lieb was the driver that managed to smash the record with a time of 6:57 and hitting an average speed of 179.5 km/h (111.5 mph).
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The production version Porsche 918 Spyder will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but Jay Leno had the chance to test it a few days before. He had the chance to ask all the question he wanted, as the head of the project, Frank Walliser was there to offer the answers.
The 918 Spyder will be powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 608 horsepower combined with an electric motor for the rear that adds another 154 horsepower and one for the front axle with an additional 127 horsepower.
With its total 887 mind-blowing horsepower, the 918 Spyder can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph, or 93 mph in E-Power mode.
Check out the video to see what Leno has to say about this astonishing hybrid supercar.
A few days ago, a series of six Porsche 918 Spyder units were caught on the streets of Monaco and today we get to see the supercar taking laps at Nurburgring. The prototype caught testing today wears a matte-black paint job and, as usual, the exhaust note of the hybrid V-8 is amazing.
As a reminder, the 918 Spyder is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 875 horsepower. The supercar can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.
The model is limited to 918 units and will carry a price tag ranging from €781,155 (about $1million) to €853,155 ($1.1 million) when you also opt for the Weissach package. The model will be making its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .
Having the chance to see a Porsche 918 Spyder on the road is pretty rare, but YouTube user Marchettino had the opportunity to catch not one, but six of these beasts on the streets of Monaco (AKA the supercar capital). While cruising around Monaco, he stumbled upon a convoy of three 918 Spyder , then when they stopped at the gas station, three more were right behind them. You can only imagine what the six V-8 engines pounding out a combined 5,250 horsepower must have sounded like.
As a reminder, the 918 Spyder combines a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 875 horsepower. The supercar can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.
The model is limited to 918 units and will carry a price tag ranging from €781,155 (about $1million) to €853,155 ($1.1 million) when you also opt for the Weissach package.
To say that the Porsche 918 Spyder is just another supercar is pretty inaccurate. For one, it’s the most powerful vehicle Porsche has ever built. And another thing: it’s combination of power, speed, fuel economy and low emissions is nearly unrivaled, so much so that even with 918 models priced at over $800,000 a piece, it’s already nearly sold out.
Speaking of sold out, a lot of the customers that paid for the 918 Spyder appear to reside here in the U.S. That’s why Porsche has said that America will receive the biggest allotment of 918 Spyders than any other country with up to 190 models headed our way.
That probably explains why Porsche has taken to great lengths to promote the 918 Spyder in the U.S. Numerous promotional events held in the United States over the past two years, and soon enough, a lot of these actual supercars will be calling the Land of the Free their home.
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