When imagination meets reality something really special can be the result. This is absolutely the case with the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder. As one of the most expensive and highly refined sports cars on the market, only a few will be built, but those few who are able to own this awesome high-end performance laden speedster will find themselves in constant amazement and awe at the vehicle the Porsche engineers and designers have dreamt up for them to drive. In addition to being an amazing car to drive, the 918 Spyder is equipped with its own unique hybrid powertrain that offers 19 miles of electric driving as well as keeping the massive amount of awesome track capabilities that allow this high-priced and exciting car to be very enjoyable for any owner who can afford to buy one of the only 250 that will be offered in the U.S.
Most sports cars are built with comfort forgotten, but not the 918 Spyder. This car is built to show off when behind the wheel and is comfortable enough to do so on a daily basis. As a brand new offering for 2015, the 918 Spyder is a two-seater supercar that offers everything for the high end sports car driver to fully enjoy and take advantage of. This car offers drivers four different driving settings to enjoy, Normal, Sport, Race, and Hot Lap. All of these modes are high performing and offer the driver the opportunity to be able to enjoy the most capable drive of each mode.
Driving the 918 Spyder offers the feeling most drivers never get to enjoy. As the top end supercar from Porsche, the 918 Spyder is easily able to navigate through any twists and turns at high speeds on canyon and mountain runs as well as being able to stay glued to the pavement. This driving confidence and capability are the result of the most highly engineered suspension and braking system to keep the control in place and on the road. Add to that a steering system that offers such responsiveness is almost as if the car can drive itself. To keep the weight balanced and to help control the car even more, Porsche has balanced the front/rear weight distribution in a 43/57 percentage allowing the car to feel very balanced and under control.
With such an amazing super car only one engine is needed to make owners fully appreciate and enjoy the marrying up of imagination and engineering. This one engine is a 4.6-liter V8 engine that is assisted by an electric motor on each axle. The engine itself offers 608 horsepower but when adding the axle motors to the mix the overall horsepower comes in at 887 horsepower and 944 lb.-ft. of torque making this one of the absolutely most powerful production cars on the entire planet. This system is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that performs exceptionally and offers a combined fuel efficiency of 22 mpg as well as the 19 mile range on all-electric power. This awesome beast can generate more than 1g of force when the launch control is engaged to give any driver or passenger a monstrous thrill.
Inside the cabin of the 918 Spyder feels like stepping into the cockpit of a spaceship with a massive amount of angles and surfaces that offer yet another reason this is a great car to buy for anyone who has the money. Touch screen controls, a small quantity of knobs, and a great deal of driver information are right at the fingertips when driving this awesome car. Materials are made of the highest grade and quality and the seats are extremely supportive to offer occupants the ability to enjoy the ride anywhere on the road.
On the outside, the Porsche 918 Spyder is no joke and certainly shows off the marrying of dreams and reality in one amazing package. With sharp angles and lines as well as smooth and enjoyable curves, this car is fully recognizable as a supercar that makes a lot of other super cars green with envy. The exhaust ports actually exit through the top of the engine in the rear of the car making for a very interesting detail that might be something for others to follow in future years. The 918 Spyder even has removable roof panels which allow the car to be turned into a great convertible roadster and makes this high performance, super car one that is so much fun to enjoy other experiences will leave owners wanting.
As far as standard features, this car is fully-loaded and has everything that can be thought of in a car and everything that is expected from a Porsche offering. It offers keyless entry, automatic climate control, a Burmester premium sound system, a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, multiple LCD monitors, a touch-screen console, a navigation/audio screen in the center of the dashboard, and additional driver information screen in the instrument area.
This amazing super car only offers two notable options to add to the car. The first is a liquid aluminum paint scheme which adds $65,000 to the price of the car. The second one is the Weissach package with is a performance-oriented package that adds lightweight magnesium wheels, carbon-fiber exterior accents and Alcantara inserts in the leather upholstery. Even though this car is fully loaded to start with, adding these few options adds just that much more prestige to the already highly touted 918 Spyder.
Pricing for the Porsche 918 Spyder starts at a massive $845,000 and adding the Weissach package the price jumps to a monstrous $929,000 price tag. Put on the additional liquid aluminum paint and the price is so close to $1million its almost touching it. For those who can afford to spend this much for a high end super car, there really isn’t much of a comparison to other supercars, the Porsche 918 Spyder offers all the excitement anyone could ever stand and will require a regular membership to a track to really let this car loose.