Another car at the top of my ‘must-have’ list is the Porsche 918. Not because it has an incredibly complex, gasoline-electric, hybrid driveline and can operate in your choice of front, rear or all-wheel drive. Not even because it has a combined 875 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque, which allows it to race from 0-62 mph in 2.6 seconds.
It’s at the top of my list because it is one of the most all-around interesting, challenging and ultimately rewarding cars I have ever driven. Ever.
In an urban environment I knew I was driving an amazingly futuristic and expensive vehicle that handled the mundane rather well. No surprises apart from the automotive ‘tourette’s’ when the gasoline engine suddenly cackles into life when the battery dies down. It does a great job of reminding you that driving around town in EV mode is cool and all, but that if you happen to have a racetrack nearby, life can get way more exciting.
To get the most out of lapping the 918, you have to respect and understand how to get the most out the technology, as it requires a unique driving style. To get a fast lap-time you must push hard while the battery charge is up and ease into the brake zones, not simply smash them hard. It’s a thinking-driver’s car at the limit, which is going to make mastery of its nuance in pursuit of outright pace a reward in itself.
Porsche has created the car of tomorrow, today, and the 918 will forever change our perceptions of what a car can do.