Engine: 4.6-liter V8, Electric
HP: 887 hp
0-62: 2.8 seconds
Top Speed: 174 mph (limited)
Transmission: 7-speed PDK Dual-Clutch
Torque: 944 lb-ft
Since the loss of the Carrera GT in 2006, we’ve waited anxiously for a successor. The 918 Spyder is just that, only now it’s a hybrid of a different class. Using two electric motors and a 4.6-liter V-8 you’d think that it would be too heavy. In fact, at 3,616-3,715 pounds, you’d think it needs to shave off a whole thousand pounds. But, that’s actually nothing compared to what it could be, and seemingly makes no difference to the performance. A heart-stopping 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds keeps you second guessing if you’re really even driving a hybrid.
Porsche has designed the 918 to be one of the easiest track cars to drive. Electric assisted quick-ratio steering mated with a counter-steering system that angles the rear wheels up to 3° to give the perfect turn. The driver chooses from four different driving modes; the innovative E (electric)-mode, Hybrid mode, Sport Hybrid mode and an extra Sport Hybrid mode that is activating with a dangerous little red button in the center console to let out all the power on reserve. The 918 may be one of the most anticipated cars of the year.
Article from the 2014 Exotic Car Buyer’s Guide