The Porsche 918 Spyder is still the best plug-in hybrid
In 2021, it has been eight years since its launch!
In 2010, Porsche stunned the world with a concept car which's mission was to show that you can combine power and ecology. Three years later, after much interest from potential buyers, Porsche released the spiritual successor to its mighty Carrera GT; the 918 Spyder. With this car, the brand from Zuffenhausen went the extra mile and produced a hypercar developing 887 horsepower thanks to its 4.6-litre V8 coupled to a 210 kW battery. It came at a time when some of the most renowned sports car manufacturers decided to unleash the big guns, and the 918's two closest rivals were the Ferrari LaFerrari from Italy, and the Mclaren P1 from England. We call them the Holy Trinity.
The particularity of these cars came down to the fact that they all packed a battery. However, while the Mclaren and the Ferrari mainly used it to boost their internal combustion engine (just like in a Formula 1), the 918 Spyder took advantage of this electric power to lower its CO2 emissions. Don't worry, it is still fast. In fact, the Porsche can go from a standstill to 62 mph in only 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 345 km/h. Not bad for a car that achieves 3.5l/100km in fuel consumption. Not only the 918 Spyder is the most advanced in terms of technology compared to its rivals, but it is also the most civilized.
The German hypercar went with a slightly different philosophy. We may be far from the coziness of a Panamera, but the 918 Spyder is still better than the P1 and LaFerrari in this field. The 918 is clearly the most usable with its emphasis on comfort and its four-wheel drive. Inside, you're greeted by a very 2013 infotainment system that works very well and can achieve over eight hundred functions, and it even has eleven top-notch speakers and electric seats!
Could you drive it daily? Honestly, I'd feel more comfortable driving the 918 Spyder everyday than its two rivals. The driving position is nice and the visibility is more than decent. It can be the quiet and polished sports car you can drive to work in any season or the hardcore mind-blowingly fast hypercar that will eat supercars for breakfast. As simple as it may sound, it's a Porsche and that's what fast Porsches can do. However, being limited to only 918 units, I doubt any of the owners will ever daily drive his 918 Spyder. Shame. Hopefully, we'll find some more on the race tracks, because this is where the Porsche shines. The P1 and LaFerrari are pretty much known as widowmakers, but it's a different story with the 918 Spyder that optimizes on grip thanks to its four-wheel-drive system and four-wheel steering. The plug-in hybrid hypercar clocked the Nürburgring in only 6.57 minutes and held the record for several weeks. The only disadvantage the car has is its weight. 1'674 kg on the scale might not seem like much, especially since it is equipped with a battery. However, this is over 200 kg more than the fastest Porsche around that track; The 911 GT2 RS. You could also opt for the Weissach package which basically took 40 kg out and added some extra aero bits to the body.
It's been a while since the Porsche has been released, but it hasn't aged a bit both in terms of design in performance. In fact, the 918 Spyder still is, after eight years, the fastest PHEV out there, and that truly shows that it was ahead of its time. Unlike the P1 and LaFerrari that incorporated batteries to go ever faster, the 918 Spyder was here to make a point and prove that the future of the hypercar wasn't dead and that they could be fast and green. If it keeps on going like this, I can only say that the future looks bright.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car that is currently on sale. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/
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