Porsche 918 Spyder Review Sep 6, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The Porsche 918 Spyder is a rare and expensive “hypercar” and few people will be able to get behind the wheel. Production began in September 2013 and ended in December 2014 with a total of only 918 units and a starting price of $847,000. But for the rich and famous, we have to admit that this sports car offers an excellent interior design with seamless electronics, high-quality materials, dynamic drive, and an impressive V8.
The Porsche 918 Spyder can complete a Nurburgring lap in just 6.57 minutes, putting the McLaren P1 and the LaFerrari to shame. This incredible capability is from the 4.6-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that generates 608 brake horsepower. Performance is boosted by the car’s two hybrid electric motors spread between the axles that add 282 brake horsepower to the mix. If you get behind the wheel, you will get an impressive 94.2 mpg thanks to the hybrid powertrain. The 918 Spyder can even operate as a pure electric vehicle with a range of 18 miles. Keep in mind that fuel economy figures will drop when you put the impressive gas engine to the test on the track, but you should still enjoy about 30 mpg overall.
Behind the Wheel
As expected, the driving experience in the 918 Spyder is truly incredible. While some vehicles may be more exciting to drive, the 918 Spyder is versatile. Reviewers say that driving in the city while operating the hybrid motor provides a quiet and reserved feel. On the highway, you will notice comfort, manageability, and smoothness. When you hit the country roads, you will feel secure, and racetrack driving shows off the vehicle’s razor sharpness. If you engage the engine while at low speed and a high gear, you should shove the throttle as much as you are willing. This will give you an instant thrust courtesy of the electric motors. When the revolutions increase, the V8 will take over. The result is a supercar that demonstrates hybrids are the way of the future.
Interior Features and Styling
The interior of the 918 Spyder is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable to match. The seats are molded single pieces, firm and upright. Some may consider the firmness a disadvantage, and the lack of storage space could be another. That being said, hypercars and sports cars aren’t necessarily known for having plentiful storage, so this is expected. The center console is an eye-catching curved piece of glass that was created by the company that makes phone screens for Samsung. In other words, you can use familiar functions, like tapping, pinching, and swiping, on the center console. The combination of technology and style is perfect for a hybrid supercar.
The technology, design, and performance elevate the unique status of the Porsche 918 Spyder. Experts predict that this vehicle will have excellent residual values due to their quality construction and limited numbers. Driving one would be an expensive but rewarding purchase.