2013 Frankfurt Auto Show: 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder | Edmunds

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show: 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

What Is It?
2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

What's Special About It?
Almost everything that can be said about the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder has already been said. Or so we thought prior to its official world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Turns out Porsche had one more number up its sleeve: 6:57, as in six minutes and 57 seconds. That would be the 918's lap time at the Nürburgring.

If you're not familiar with how that stacks up against other super sports cars, here are a few times to compare it against. The original Lexus LFA only managed a 7:38, so Lexus went back and created a Nürburgring Edition model to knock it down to 7:15. The Corvette ZR1 was able to crank out a lap of 7:19, while the last-generation Dodge Viper ACR put in a time of 7:12. Even Porsche's own 911 Turbo S takes 7:26 for a lap.

So if it wasn't apparent enough already, the Porsche 918 Spyder is fast on a scale that makes other so-called supercars a little less super. In fact, at Porsche's press conference in Frankfurt, legendary test-driver Walter Rohrl said he was skeptical of the 918 at first, but the performance is so spectacular that the car won him over. And if Mr. Rohrl can learn to love a hybrid, we all can.

What Edmunds Says:
Nothing like a crushing 'Ring time to show your competitors that the 2014 Porsche 918 is the real deal.

Engine: 4.6-liter naturally aspirated V8
Gearbox: Seven-speed automated manual
Power: 608 horsepower, 390 lb-ft of torque (V8), 887-hp total with electric motors
0-60 mph: 2.8 seconds
Weight: 3,616 pounds

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