Now, finally, the car is making its way to eager buyers around the globe. That means the first reviews are filtering in, and one of the best comes from British journo Chris Harris. He was invited to drive the car at Spain’s Valencia circuit, and as you may have guessed he's come away extremely impressed with it.
Interestingly, Harris admits to preferring to drive the car with its traction and stability control systems switched on. That’s because Porsche has done a brilliant job on the calibration of the systems, allowing the car to be pushed much closer to its limits.
Just some quick numbers before you hit play. The 918 Spyder has a peak output of 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque, generated from a 4.6-liter V-8 paired with two electric motors. Equipped with its available Weissach package, which helps lower the car’s weight from 3,715 pounds to 3,616 pounds and also sees an improvement in aerodynamics, the 918 Spyder will accelerate to 60 mph from rest in just 2.5 seconds, pass 124 mph in 7.2 seconds and then 186 mph in 19.9 seconds. Top speed is 216 mph.
Porsche only plans to build 918 examples of the car, each priced from $845,000. Unlike the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari, you can still buy a 918 Spyder. Judging by this review, you certainly won’t be disappointed parking one in your driveway.