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Porsche 918 Spyder review and

Our first taste of the new Porsche 918 hybrid hypercar on the road and Review and video here

2013

What is it?

The new Porsche 918 On the face of it, it’s Porsche’s to the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari. but the boffins Stuttgart clearly believe a much more complete thanks to a true hybrid drivetrain and greater concessions to use. It even has cupholders!

highlights?


There’s a full chassis and a fabulous high-revving V8 derived from Porsche programme, but re-engineered for durability and yet still capable of producing at 8600rpm. The redline is 9150rpm. In the hybrid electric motors a further 270bhp, bringing the total combined power to 875bhp.

Power and torque are distributed via all wheels (petrol motor the rear axle, a pair of motors through the front and axles) and the latest generation PDK offers remarkable shift as quick as 0.05sec.

Attention to saving is borderline OCD, but is has to be with the battery packs and weighing hundreds of kilos. A Pack’ shaves 40kg by use of wheels and a body wrap of paint, but there’s no denying remains heavy for a hypercar old Porsche Carrera GT was 1380kg). are also critical, both for downforce (though nothing the crazy McLaren P1) and also for drag to increase efficiency.

open and close automatically and the wing is busy raising, and altering its angle of attack.

also a rotary ‘Map’ located on the steering wheel for the five driving modes Hybrid, Sport Hybrid, Hybrid and Hot Lap which control the spectrum of the Spyder’s performance, electric-only to full-beans.

What’s it like to drive?

You the Spyder with a key, but no sound for it always moves on battery power alone. The will run for 20 miles like but use the last bit of the throttle’s travel much like kickdown in a automatic car, the V8 awakens, at point you’re in Hybrid The systems are impressively integrated; from the very obvious and noise from the V8, you’re of what contribution the batteries are to your progress, just the car shifts with the ease and of a car with a big, torquey

Each turn of the Map switch and intensifies the Spyder, sharpening maps and shift times as but also giving more more) of the battery power of the time.

The steering is immediately impressive. quick, but not unnaturally so, the rate of matching your expectations There’s abundant grip and an balance, with just body roll to know how you can lean on the front-end, but not so much as to the sense of flat cornering.

it does slide it does so a rear-drive car, so again natural.

Of course it’s a rapid machine Porsche 0-62mph in 2.8sec, 0-124mph in and 0-186mph in 23sec — but for a car has the best part of 900bhp and than 900lb ft of torque it feel crazy-fast. Bluntly, if and McLaren deliver on their a 918 Spyder won’t know way they went.

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There are of 458 and MP4-12C about the V8’s and response, but when you really it this motor is sharper and more feral. It sounds too, thanks to a huge of work on the top-exit exhaust Coupled to the latest generation PDK it makes for a searing race experience.

This is a very accomplished car on It’s hugely impressive to my relief, really enjoyable. It has far more finesse and fire in its than the earlier development I drove.

The brakes especially are improved, performing in a manner a away from the horrible, inconsistent stoppers that I was by at the Leipzig test.

You can still there’s more than one going on when you press the but the way the job of slowing the car is switched between braking (up to 0.5G purely the resistance of the motors when you off the power) and the PCCB discs and is pretty miraculous. Brake isn’t absolutely perfect, but nothing you can’t compensate for familiarity and sensitivity. That chose not to attempt to incorporate braking into the P1 hints at the of the technical challenge it presents.

How does it compare?

In Top Trumps not brilliantly. Both the LaFerrari and P1 boast far greater performance, to less weight and more

Porsche would contend the is a much more complete one that functions as a true hybrid (you can fully the batteries in 25 minutes using bespoke high-speed charger) and is as and capable as a Cayman or 911. we ever get 918, P1 and LaFerrari for the group test of the year to be seen.

Anything else I to know?

There’s a Hot Lap mode, draws 20 per cent more from the batteries (90 per cent of power) for all-out performance. It sends more energy to the LED making them more for qualifying lap get-out-of-my-way attitude. We kid you not

There’s an in-depth Porsche 918 feature in evo issue 192, on Tuesday 31 December.

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