Porsche has completed production of its 918 Spyder. It was—to put it mildly—one hell of a run.
From the beginning, the car was a complete departure from the bareknuckle Carrera GT which preceded it. Electric motors at the front wheels. An army of computerized nannies. A seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. Upon seeing the concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, we wrote that some of the car's trick tech "was sure to prove difficult to render in production."
But render it, Porsche did. On our first drive, we declared the 918 Spyder "utterly untouchable by the pantheon of cars that deign to confer with mere mortals."
After its release, the supercar would prove that even in the rarefied air of million-dollar machines like Ferrari's LaFerrari and McLaren's P1; Porsche's halo could more than hold its own—despite being several 911 Turbos less expensive than either.
At the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2013, Stuttgart confirmed the 918 Spyder had lapped the legendary Nürburgring in a ferocious 6 minutes, 57 seconds, and claimed the prized production record. There's nothing official about it, of course, but the 'Green Hell'—as the notoriously treacherous, 12.8-mile circuit is known—has long been a measuring stick for manufacturers to test their mettle.
How will Porsche top the 918 Spyder's spectacular performance? We don't know. But since a successor has already been confirmed, we're confident it's possible.
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