New car review Porsche 918 Spyder Plymouth Herald

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New car review: Porsche 918 Spyder

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BY most normal rules, a car that generates 875bhp doesn’t then return up to 94mpg but then the Porsche 918 Spyder is a car that defies convention. It’s devastatingly rapid, as a sprint to 62mph in 2.8 seconds and a sub-7 minute lap of the Nurbrurging will attest.

Perhaps more intriguing than its sheer pace is the 918’s brain-warping technology. It’s a genuine game-changer.

The 918 Spyder has been designed as a no-compromise showcase of Porsche’s latest technology. It features a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, which is dressed with composite plastic body panels and then features chassis components made from aluminium, magnesium and titanium.

The engine is a mid-mounted, 4.6-litre V8 petrol unit that generates 599bhp at 8700rpm. It’s augmented by a pair of electric motors, one up front and one on the back axle, which develop a combined 282bhp. Therefore, Porsche’s fastest ever road car develops a total of 875bhp and features a 535bhp per tonne power to weight ratio.

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In E-power mode, it will drive up to 20 miles purely on electric power and can even whirr to 62mph in less than seven seconds. Rather more enervating is Race Hybrid mode, which demolishes 62mph in just 2.8 seconds, 124mph in a mere 7.7 seconds with the 918 only running into an impenetrable wall of physics at 214mph. Active aerodynamics keep it planted to the road, while you also get regenerative carbon ceramic brakes and the electric motor on the front wheels also acts as a torque vectoring system. Quite how Porsche managed to combine all of this technology into a road car in such a short space of time defies belief. Getting into this Porsche is no easy task with the targa roof panels in place, as you’ll need to negotiate a high and wide sill before dropping into the left-hand driving seat.

Once there, you’ll realise that it’s a comfortable driving position. There’s an unfamiliar glass centre console, three pod-like instrument binnacles facing you, plenty of … carbon fibre on display and one of the best sports steering wheels I’ve ever laid hands on.

It’s an incredible time of plenty if you have a spare million euros or so to throw at a car. The choices have never been more tempting, but whittling your selection to the three state of the art hybrid hypercars from Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche would not appear to favour the German car.

The 918 Spyder is shatteringly fast, intimidatingly intelligent and quietly beautiful. It might well be the best car of the trio. If you prefer nuance, elegance and thoughtfulness in design to attention-deficit gaucheness, this may well be your perfect car.

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