Jason Barlow testdrives and reviews the Porsche 918 Spyder GQ COM (UK)

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Along came a Spyder.

a top speed of 214mph and five modes, the new Porsche 918 hypercar’s got says Jason Barlow

are various ways of working out how a car really is. Most obviously, the stopwatch, against which new £715,000 918 Spyder is little of ballistic. It’ll do 60mph in 2.5 124mph in 7.2, 186mph in than 20, and 214mph flat

In all the key increments, it’ll search out the Veyron and dismantle its claim to fastest status with attention to detail.

Then the Nürburgring circuit. Now firmly as the definitive testing — and — battleground for the big players, the 918 has a lap of this near-14-mile pressure in six minutes 57 seconds. That’s an cosmically fast time for is, when all’s said and a road car.

And Porsche reckons it can go faster

But you know you’re in a car liberally with next-level genius even the company test struggles to get away from Especially when the driver in is the legendary Walter Röhrl, a double world rally Yet even armed with a Porsche 911 Turbo S, Röhrl shake off the 918 as we follow him down the straight of the Ricardo Tormo GP circuit near Valencia.

the fast corners he has the 911 visibly on the limit, where the 918 remains within itself. Extraordinary.

It’s hard not to come hyperbolic about this new hypercar. It arrives at the same as McLaren’s P1 and Ferrari’s ludicrously but otherwise mind-blowing LaFerrari. All can lay claim to changing the game, and are intriguing philosophical differences delineate roughly along British and Italian lines.

significantly, all three are hybrids, at a permitting that oft-maligned technology to slough off its Prius and show what it can do to enhance as well as reduce emissions. it’s about time.

has taken the last part of the further than its rivals: in the the driver can choose from different modes, ingeniously into the car’s race-bred 608bhp V8 and two electric motors worth around another combined — in a variety of This is how we found ourselves in the of a multimillion-pound convoy, tripping on zero-emission pure electric only, through Santiago and Félix Candela’s suitably City Of Arts And Sciences in The 918 can do this for around 25 miles, an cool party trick also allows Porsche to an average fuel economy of 94mpg and emissions of 70g/km. Not the saintliest of drivers will get near that in reality, but still do 30mpg, even you’re really going for it.


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And that really is astonishing in the of its sky-scraping performance.

Despite the cleverness, however, the 918 remains a advert for internal combustion. on the unit in Porsche’s RS Spyder racer, its 4.6-litre V8 revs to and makes a nape-tingling noise it does it. The V8 is hooked up to an electric that sends a mountainous of torque to the rear wheels, the bit doing its thing at low revs the petrol engine comes on further up the rev range.

The second motor acts on the front to provide additional traction and turning the 918 into an all-wheel car, while even electronics distribute all this and energy to the wheels that it most.

It sounds and is furiously complicated, but at no on a hot lap — and there’s a red button on the that sets you up for exactly — does any of it obscure the passed to your hands. The steering and chassis responses are and confidence-inspiring, the gear changes on its PDK ‘box eye-blink fast, and the thing manages to be genuinely without straining every the driver has, as was so often the way mid-engined supercars.

Porsche has gone to the trouble of re-imagining its multimedia telematics, and the 918’s are arranged in an Ives-esque touchscreen It’s an easy car to see out of and use, and well made, all of which itself to a remarkably Zen-like experience in full-electric mode.

Kick-start that V8, though, and the 918 everything you thought you knew high-performance cars. Truly, has never been anything like it.

Porsche 918 Electric Cars
Porsche 918 Electric Cars
Porsche 918 Electric Cars
Porsche 918 Electric Cars
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