Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package review

2 Mar, 2014 12:00pm Owen Mildenhall

Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid Weissach Package cuts weight and adds to the thrills

Verdict

5
The Porsche 918 Spyder rewrites the supercar rulebook with its incredible performance and grip, and ability to glide silently in EV mode. It’s a technical masterpiece that delivers an awe-inspiring driving experience. The faster and lighter Weissach Package model is the ultimate 918, but you’d never be disappointed with the standard car.

Porsche has launched a super sports car every decade since the 550 Spyder in 1953. Yet even legendary supercars like the 959 and Carrera GT didn’t push the boundaries quite like the Porsche 918 Spyder.

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Blending cutting-edge hybrid technology with track-proven motorsport engineering, the 918 has redefined the hypercar market. And, unlike rivals the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari, there’s a choice of two versions.

Alongside the standard car, the Weissach Package 918 is designed for customers who want what Porsche calls “a more performance-oriented finish” and adds £60,000 to the already hefty price. Despite the cost, 25 per cent of buyers have chosen it.

Highlighting the composite construction, the roof, rear wing and windscreen frame are left in an unpainted carbon weave, plus there’s the option of sticker packs that take inspiration from classic 917 racer cars.

The colour scheme pictured pays homage to the 1970 Le Mans-winning Porsche Salzburg 917. Or there’s also the option of iconic Martini livery or a more modern matt black finish.

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However, it’s the performance upgrades that make the Weissach – named after Porsche’s R&D and Motorsport centre in Germany – the ultimate 918. While the race-derived V8 engine, PDK gearbox, electric motors and lithium-ion battery deliver the same huge hit of acceleration and scalpel-sharp throttle response, the Weissach is 41kg lighter. Magnesium wheels save 14kg, while reducing sound insulation cuts cabin weight.

Both the driver and passenger seats get six-point belts, and more motorsport inspiration comes via the front wheelarch aeroflaps, which increase downforce, and drag reducing rear winglets.

The Weissach 918 is three seconds quicker than the standard car around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, so naturally the 918’s record-breaking lap of the track, in six minutes 57 seconds, was clocked with a Weissach car.

In reality, there’s the same quick, well weighted steering and phenomenal lateral grip as on the standard car, but its appeal lies in being the ultimate Porsche.

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POS! Go JAG!!

Typical boring Porsche design, It's just a Cayman with a battery. I'll take a P1 or LaFerrari please.

Boring? I would say clean and uncluttered.

the Porsche 918 Spyder rewrites the supercar rulebook....
what a car.....

Well there you go, Porsche charging $60k to remove 41klo's and some stickers. Na, I'll just keep the GT3, and sell my place in line.

You are a fake. We are aware of your games as you have been playing your childish game for weeks, you are wasting your time. See a doctor, get something done about your low self-esteem.

Weight is very important in a car's performance. That goes without saying. More so in a sports car package such as this one.

Yet Owen fails to make any mention of the kerb weight or the power-to-weight ratio of Porsche's technical masterpiece.

I'm looking forward to the Top Gear showdown between this and the P1. Porsche could easily just add a couple of turbos to the engine and comprehensively anihilate the Maclaren in terms of performance, but no they've made a hypercar with 72gr emissions. Mindblowing!

Key specs

  • Price: £712,088
  • Engine: 4.6-litre V8 and two electric motors
  • Power: 875bhp
  • Transmission: PDK dual clutch
  • 0-62mph: 2.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 214mph
  • Economy/CO2: 97mpg/72g/km
  • Equipment: Ceramic brakes, LED lights, magnesium wheels, active aerodynamics and aero winglets
  • On sale: Now
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