LeBron James Looks Good in a Porsche 918 Spyder, But He Can Barely Fit in It
Chance encounter with the King and his million-dollar ride goes viralby Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 02:42
LeBron James is one of the most famous people in the world. The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of the most recognizable supercars in the world. Put those two together and you might as well add a neon yellow sign with the words “NOTICE US!” into the mix.
That’s exactly what happened to the four-time NBA champion, who was spotted cruising down a highway in Los Angeles in a Porsche 918 Spyder. Naturally, an eagle-eyed individual took to Instagram to post of his chance encounter with the King, who graciously reciprocated with a shaka sign or, as it’s sometimes known, a “hang loose” sign before speeding off into the distance.
You don’t often see a celebrity with the stature of LeBron James alone in a car without a phalanx of bodyguards that typically accompanies him during the rare times that he’s seen in public. So this is an unexpected treat, and it’s why the video uploaded on Instagram by @e30alex99 has been “liked” over 12,000 times since it went viral a few days.
Here’s the thing, though. LeBron James isn’t the only superstar in the video. The car he’s driving — a Porsche 918 Spyder — is a superstar in its own right. It’s part of what we now call the electric hypercar trinity. That’s the group that also includes the McLaren P1 and the Ferrari LaFerrari.
The Porsche 918 Spyder, though, is arguably the best of the three. It’s powered by a pair of electric motors that link up with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine to produce 887 horsepower, helping the 918 Spyder accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds on its way to 214 mph.
|Engine||4.6-Liter V-8 W/ Two Electric Parallel Motors|
|Total Horsepower||875 Horsepower|
|Total Torque||940 Pound-Feet|
|Transmission||7-Speed PDK Automated Manual|
|Top Speed (Hybrid/Electric)||211 mph / 93 mph|
|Acceleration 0 to 60 mph||2.2 Sec|
By the small glimpses we saw of LeBron’s 918 Spyder, it does look like it’s equipped with the Weissach package, making it lighter and quicker than “standard” 918 Spyders. The only downside to seeing James in the electric hypercar is noticing how squished in he looks. I’m sure the hypercar was modified to fit his 6’8” frame comfortably, but even with all those modifications, you can tell by how his head is still above the roof that it’s probably not the most comfortable fit for the stature of LeBron James.
All’s well, though. LeBron James is one of the few people in the world who can afford a Porsche 918 Spyder. He recently re-upped for two more years with the Los Angeles Lakers through a contract worth $85.66 million. Must be nice, right?