2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Review
The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder certainly has the ‘wow’ factor. One look at this super car is enough to get even the most conservative hatchback fan all hot and bothered. There is nothing understated about this car; from its fairly brash exterior, which makes it look like a vanilla ice cream coated in strawberry sauce, to its hybrid-carbonfibre construction, this is a car that can actually claim to be something none of us have ever seen before. So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at what the new 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder offers.
A Born Performer
The 2015 Porsche 918 Sypder was quite literally born for the road, just like Robbie Williams was born to entertain. Performance is something we’ll all be looking out for here, and the good news is that there are to be no disappointments. The pace of the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is electrifying, helped by the instant torque produced from the electric motor. You can get from 20mph to 40mph in just a single, solitary second. The 918 develops 535bhp per tonne, which perhaps doesn’t sound like much when you compare it to the P1, which produces 606bhp per tone, or even the Super Sport, which is capable of generating a whopping 644bhp. But the new Porsche 918 Spyder is more than capable of holding its own amidst the heavyweights. To use a football analogy, it might have Messi’s size, but it has the power of someone much bigger – just like Messi himself.
Does Everything A Porsche Should
The next thing we really want from the new 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is for it to drive like a Porsche, which it does. It steers like a Porsche, handles like a Porsche and rides like a Porsche. If we are to compare its drivability to any of its stablemates, the closest would be the 911 GT3, whilst steering is very German-like – stable, solid, responsive and accurate. Once out on the road, drivers will really feel at home behind the wheel of the 2015 Porsche 918 Sypder, and thanks to a tight body control, quick gearshifts and an engaging engine, we can safely say that the drive is a vert satisfying one.
If you’re a fan of Porsche’s vast racing heritage, there is little doubt that you’ll enjoy the way the new Porsche 918 Spyder looks. Many cars from this brand’s past are cleverly evoked, including the 935, the 906, the 917, and the RS Spyder. It’s heavier than the McLaren P1 (200kg heavier, in fact), but it has double more torque. Moreover, the suspension has been created using lightweight aluminium wishbones, whilst the underbody comes with a monocoque tub, as well as an engine carrier that has been developed using carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. The result is a car that is heavy, but also as light as the engineers could get it to be.
The new 2015 918 Porsche Spyder is a Spyder, and as such it comes with roof panels that can be unclipped, allowing buyers to drive in the open air. Entrance into the car is not the easiest of things to do, thanks to the extremely low seat, but once inside, you’ll be welcomed by a fascia that is positively coated in carbon. The layout is overall ergonomic, helped by the fascia that is divided into two zones, whilst most of the functions, such as the drive mode selector, are easy to find. These functions are top quality, and include a Burmester audio, as well as mapping. Altogether, this is the pinnacle in technical sophistication.
Facts and Figures
The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder offers start out from around £781,155. You’ll be able to get hold of a used Porsche 918 Spyder for a little less. Standard equipment across the range includes power front windows, speed control, automatic temperature control, rain sensing wipers, a trip computer, as well as leather upholstery. Running costs are pretty awesome for a car of this ilk, with the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder returning around 28.9mpg if you really rag it, and around 44mpg if you cruise.
Despite of the 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder’s obvious good looks, the new Porsche 918 Spyder probably won’t be able to cut it on the aesthetics front if you parked it next to a McLaren P1, or even the La Ferrari. So we suggest you don’t park it next to one of them! Because this is a seriously good car that performs superbly, with the engineers managing its sheer size well. Indeed, these are Porsche engineers and we really should have trusted them to extract such potent acceleration from a car some 200kg heavier than the McLaren P1. Porsche win again.