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Porsche’s $929,000 918 Supercar Like a Million: Review

By H. Harper January 22, 2014

The 918 Spyder starts at $845,000, the racetrack-oriented Weissach model at $929,000. Source: Porsche via

The 918 Spyder is Porsche’s first in about a decade, with waiting for its release as feverishly as any Inc. product. Imagine if the biggest technology company was the iPad HyperFast and the iPhone at the same time, and you’d get the

The 918’s price can brush $1 four times that of any new Porsche. Its hybrid technology it to 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour in 2.5 It ran Germany’s infamous 13-plus-mile racetrack in record time 6.57 minutes — than any production road ever.

Facts that on hyperbole and certainly beg questions. it like to actually drive? Is it all that dough?

I found out in one of only 100 or so journalists worldwide who got a to test a production model on roads and a racetrack.

Prepare for the obvious: With 887 and 944 pound-feet of torque, the 918 is pretty In hindsight, my test-drive was a series of moments, scenery fluttering by in panels like a choppy film. Hammer the accelerator and on a hallucinogenic trip, your flooding with wonder, endorphins.

It’s the perception-warping of science fiction.

Wow Worthy

like the 918, LaFerrari and P1 are sometimes referred to as hypercars. have big prices and are produced in small numbers. Despite ratings that reach four figures, they are not at professional racecar drivers but at mortals, many probably in 60s or older.

So the 918 couldn’t be scary or It had to be wow-worthy as the price implies, but not bonkers.

The base 918 starts at The racetrack-oriented Weissach model, might well be described as the louder, tougher on your and will annoy your package,” starts at $929,000. options cost as much as a car: a trick exterior for $63,000 or special leather for $26,000.

Porsche, a unit of Wolfsburg, Volkswagen AG (VOW), says it the 918 to showcase just how far technology has since the release of its last the Carrera GT in 2003. I drove it ago and it was formidable. The Carrera GT is also the car in actor Paul Walker was Nov.

30 in California.


The 918 is a hybrid, with two electric that individually power the and front wheels. They can the car alone, so that it operates in mode, or in tandem with the 608-horsepower V-8 engine, which is behind the driver in the center of the

One of the hybrid’s most impressive is that it can fully recharge its own while driving, using the engine and regenerative braking. means you plug it in every or never. Clever indeed.

The car is The proportions are perfect, the angles the racing heritage unmistakable. The bulge provocatively, while the of the hood is extremely low. smaller than expected; not wide or particularly long.

The has roof panels that can be removed so that it also as a convertible.

The interior is fighter-jet compact, and hard to make an elegant You have to scoot your over a wide sill and drop into the tight seats.

Silent Start

The car in all-electric mode. Twist the key to the driver’s left, as in all Porsches) and the car on silently, like Nissan Co.’s Leaf. Tip down a engaging drive, pop off the e-brake and roll quietly away.

says you can get about 20 miles of electric driving around before the lithium-ion battery is depleted. (The pack is low in the carbon-fiber body. Incredibly, the center of gravity is located the wheel hubs.)

It’s to drive around city in electric mode, particularly the top off. People stop and at this slick piece of creeping silently around.

the engine by putting it into “sport hybrid,” or “race” and the Spyder’s demeanor savagely The engine does not switch on seamlessly or with any sleight of Rather it blasts on like a assaulting eardrums and sending a through the car.

The party is to start. On public roads best to use the acceleration in short and then slow back immediately. Giggle-inducing fun, but it restraint and temperance.

Racetrack Ready

Better to its potential to the racetrack, where you can the full-out, Mad Hatter power.

The 918 all manner of technological wizardry to the car on target and out of trouble, and in the process you feel like you’re a One driver. These tricks rear-wheel steering and torque

So it was that, on an unfamiliar track in a car I’d driven, I was blurring around at a that few other sports could manage.

A moment in time: Hurtling down the straight, well over 150 I was holding the steering wheel only fingertips. The car tracked and true, perfect.

A left-hand approached and I waited until the moment to graze the brakes. The car and turned simultaneously, graceful and impervious to physics — an convergence of skills, like an ice skater to do a triple Lutz texting.

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Forgiving Sensors

I straightened my on the wheel, blasted back on the gas and the car and bolted. I made a mistake and the rear end slipping out. I my hands to correct, but the sensors had done it for me.

Easy? Almost too The most difficult thing was smooth while transferring brakes and gas.

At the end of my second set of I placed the car in “hot lap” which uses all of the car’s power to go the full bananas.

rolled by, straights unfurled, made ungodly noises. of the footage in my mental 8-millimeter is missing because my brain record that quickly. The 918 is

Extraordinary bananas. Worth $1 bananas (if you’re the kind of who parts with that of money).

The only likely Finding roads or even that match up to the mix of technology and A First World problem

The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package at a Glance

4.6-liter V-8 and two electrical motors for a of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque.

Seven-speed dual-clutch automated

Speed: 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

Range and per gallon: About 20 miles on power; mpg not yet rated.

Price as $985,000 (estimated).

Best Boggling performance, ease of in all-electric mode.

(Jason H. writes about autos for News. The opinions expressed are his

To contact the writer of this Jason H. Harper at Jason@JasonhHarper.com or on Twitter @JasonHarperSpin

To contact the responsible for this story: Lear at jlear@bloomberg.net

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