The ultimate Porsche

Blending cutting-edge technology with track-proven motorsport engineering, the Porsche 918 Spyder has rewritten the supercar rulebook, says Owen Mildenhall in AutoExpress. The car is “a technical masterpiece and delivers an awe-inspiring driving experience”.

It’s also surprisingly frugal, at least on paper: it sips fuel, delivering 97mpg, and the carbon emissions are below the threshold for the London congestion zone, unlikely as that is to be a consideration if you can afford to buy one.

The car is powered by a hybrid engine, with two electric motors that can power the car alone or in tandem with the ferocious V8 engine.

Now, not that you’d ever be disappointed with the standard model, you can go one better, says Mildenhall. For a £60,000 premium to the already hefty £650,000 price tag, you can get the Weissach Package model.

Apart from a colour scheme that pays homage to the 1970 Le Mans-winning Porsche Salzburg 917, and the option of iconic Martini livery or a matt black finish inside, it’s the performance that makes the Weissach “the ultimate Porsche”.

It is “pretty quick” to say the least, says Jason Harper on“My test-drive was a series of shutterlike moments, scenery fluttering by in discrete panels like a choppy 8-millimetre film.” Yet it’s also “ridiculously easy” to drive and not as scary as that makes it sound.

The car uses “all manner of technological wizardry to keep the car on target and out of trouble, and in the process make you feel like you’re a Formula One driver”.

Price: £712,088 (for the Weissach Package model)
Engine: 4.6-litre V8 and two electric motors
Power: 875bhp
0-62mph: 2.5 seconds
Top speed: 214mph
Economy: 97mpg
Carbon dioxide: 72g/km


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