It’s said that you only have 7 seconds to make a first impression. Yet the Porsche 918 Spyder made its impression in 2.4 seconds. Yes, this is the number that currently holds the record for fastest 0-60 time in a production car. And yes, this sporty little Porsche looked pretty good doing it.
But of course, a great car needs much more than a stellar 0-60 time. And seeing as this is a car you can buy, it only seems appropriate that we look at everything that makes the Porche 918 Spyder the ultimate dream car. So hop in that driver’s seat. Today, we’re going for one of the world’s fastest rides as we look at everything this little German car has to offer!
Porsche 918 Spyder Specs/ Engine
If we didn’t make it clear already, the 918 Spyder offers some impressive acceleration. But what is it that actually allowed for such an unheard of 0-60 time? Most of this accomplishment owes its thanks to the powerful 4.6-liter hybrid V-8 engine. With 887 horsepower and 944 lb-ft torque, this motor is not messing around.
Overall, this power makes for one ultra-fast car. The 0-60 time speaks for itself. And this cool car can easily reach a top speed of 211 mph. But for another impressive feat, the sleek 918 Spyder completed a Nurburgring lap in 6:57.00 in 2013. Even today, that’s still one of the fastest track times out there. So it’s safe to say that the sexy Porsche Spyder can effortlessly take on any racecar that offers a challenge.
It’s not every day you find a car that’s fast and alluring. But it goes without saying that the Porsche Spyder is downright beautiful. At first glance, you’ll find smooth contours and curves that give that ultimate sports car feel.
To cut weight as much as possible, the body consists mostly of plastic reinforced with carbon-fiber. Overall, the Spyder weighs a light 3,600 lbs. So it’s not a bad style choice for one of the world’s fastest cars.
Another nice design choice here is the roof. If you ever wanted a racetrack capable convertible, this is it. The roof removes entirely, giving this dream car even more visual appeal. And if that’s not enough, there’s even an adjustable spoiler on the back of the car. Even if you don’t go for the optimal aerodynamic here, there’s no denying that certain angles simply make this car look cooler than it already is. Who thought that was possible?
One final nice feature involves the engine exhaust. This piece sits right behind the area where you drive. So when you rev your engine to those high speeds, you and your passengers hear those roars loud and clear.
Are you looking for the ultimate racecar experience? Then step inside the Porsche 918 Spyder. Starting off on the steering wheel, you’ll find quite a few buttons to optimize your driving experience. For example, the driving mode selector sits on the bottom-right of the steering wheel. This mechanic is a wheel that spins to different settings to allow you to get the best out of your drives. There’s even a little red button in the middle that allows for a little extra “oomph” whenever you need to pass a car on the highway or racetrack.
As expected of a modern car, you’ll also find a cruise control button. Beneath this sits an M button, which allows you to drive the car in manual mode. And beneath that rests a diamond button called joker mode. This allows you to program your favorite infotainment feature.
Speaking of infotainment, you’ll find two screens inside this beautiful Porsche. The first is a navigation screen that sits behind a panel. The next is a full-touchscreen on the center console. As you’d expect, this is where you can get your navigation info, music, phone connectivity, and all those other fun features.
As far as overall design goes, everything inside the Porsche 918 spyder looks sporty and appealing. The non-reflective carbon-fiber accents never looked better inside a cool car. Furthermore, you’ll find your Spyder’s specific production number throughout the car. Some locations to check include the center tunnel on the passenger wheel, the hood, and next to your gauges. Overall, it’s a nice little touch to remind your passengers that they’re riding inside of a rare, yet amazing, car.
How Much Does a Porsche 918 Spyder Cost?
Unfortunately, production for the 918 Spyder ended in June 2015. But that still doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on one. Today, the general asking price from owners sits in the ballpark of $1.7 million.
On a fun side note, 294 Porsche 918 Spyders sold in the US. And this was the most popular country for this dream car.
Fast and beautiful. This is not a combination you find every day in the automotive world. Yet the Porsche Spyder pulls it off quite effortlessly. It’s really hard to find something not to love with this vehicle. After all, this is one of the world’s fastest cars. So if you’re looking for the ultimate sports car, the Porsche 918 Spyder will step up to the challenge.
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