Review: About Porsche 918 Spyder ride and handling

kikimiqbalsoft - On a circuit, meanwhile, the 918 is astonishing, displaying the same kind of all-day-long indefatigability of a 911 GT3 ...

kikimiqbalsoft - On a circuit, meanwhile, the 918 is astonishing, displaying the same kind of all-day-long indefatigability of a 911 GT3 but at a pace beyond a lot of racing cars. There’s extraordinary traction, terrific grip and a willingness to change direction on the throttle. The brakes are sensational, too. In the dry, it stops from 70mph in just 37.8m. That’s 3.1m shorter than a P1 takes. Terrific pedal feel is offered and there's precious little dive from the body. Bleeding them off on the way towards the apex feels entirely natural and quells any initial understeer. So far, so Porsche.

What happens next isn’t like any other production Porsche although, in some ways, there’s a blend of Carrera 4 S traction, Cayman adjustability and Macan weight — all thrown in with some GT3-style motorsport feel and, at 1.21g, an astonishing grip level.

Mid-bend, where a P1 would respond to a big prod of throttle by lighting up its rear tyres and pushing sideways, the 918’s line barely tightens as the front motor does its work, and it exits the corner at an extraordinary lick. Indeed, the 918 Spyder lapped our dry circuit 1.1sec quicker than a P1.

The 918 isn’t just about raw pace, though. Apply fast steering inputs on turn-in and the rear unsticks quite readily. And even though it has four-wheel drive, there’s so much engine power that powerslides are, from then onwards, very much on the agenda.

Porsche 918 Spyder MPG

In the P1’s review, we noted that its £866,000 sticker price and very low volume actually represented reasonable value when you factor in the car’s development cost and the sophisticated technology employed in its construction.

Porsche will build slightly more 918s (918 of them in fact) and start selling them for slightly less, at £781,155 – but we’d suggest that the same argument applies.

If the model eventually enjoys the same high reputation and notoriously buoyant prices of its predecessor, the Carrera GT, then the outlay will be made to look like a sage investment.

Running costs, of course, are impressively core to the 918’s brief, but not in any way that would directly affect how many are sold.

We recorded 28.9mpg as an average and 44.2mpg at a constant cruise. Those numbers are freakishly good, yielding a 400-mile-plus range.

For the record, that’s another area of performance where the 918 trumps its UK rival.


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