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Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort in the 918 Spyder

Porsche test driver Lars Kern opens the second season of the YouTube series ‘Porsche Top 5’ with actor Ansel Elgort.

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Walter Röhrl et Porsche fêtent leurs noces d’argent

Walter Röhrl Porsche

25 ans d’union, ça se fête! L’ancien double champion du monde des rallyes et le constructeur de Stuttgart collaborent ensemble depuis 1993. Pourtant, il y a plus qu’un simple contrat entre le grand Walter et Porsche… Depuis longtemps, Walter Röhrl est intimement lié à Porsche. Toutefois, s’il lime l’asphalte pour la firme allemande, il ne […]

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Here’s Why the Porsche 918 is now Worth Nearly Twice its Original Price

The 918, with its combination of street appeal and otherworldly performance, has predictably ratcheted up its selling price in the last few years. It’s not too difficult to accept the 918 is going for around $1.7 million these days—which is nearly twice the Porsche’s base price when first released a few years ago.

With 887 horsepower, purely electric drive, four wheel-drive, detailed infographics, and more usability than its hypercar contemporaries, there are plenty of reasons the 918 commands such an astronomical price. What’s more—all of these assets are brought together into one focused, sophisticated package with a world-class interior that offers all the sense of occasion an enthusiast could want.

Despite the abundance of features present, the interior of the 918 Spyder is pleasantly spartan and minimalist. Most of the pertinent controls are accessible on the steering wheel and made to be as unobtrusive as possible; typical Porsche, you might say, but it does all this with a sense of flair a run-of-the-mill 911 does not have. Perhaps the drivetrain selector, which comes in the form of a rotary knob, explains this approach best. With four different settings, all a quarter-turn away from another, the 918 transforms from an eerily silent towncar into snarling track toy with a few clicks. To appeal to the imagination of their inner teenager, that seductive red button in the center provides the driver with a momentary burst of power from the electric motors. If that fails, the exhaust pipes exiting just behind the cabin should do the trick.

The center console is incredibly clean and refined. Instead of buttons and switches, the information center features touchscreen points to keep the aesthetic appropriately space-age. Just the ambiance offered by this Buck Rogers interior might be worth the outrageous price.

While some might unfairly accuse the 918 of not offering the drama and theater as its other hypercar rivals, it has an abundance of odd quirks which keep the enthusiast smiling. Included in this list: a small air diverter to be installed when the roof is removed, a paint option totaling $65,000, and the most incredible tax rebate available for anything capable of running the quarter mile in nine seconds.

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Porsche 959, GT1, 959, Carrera GT and other Hypercars Drag Race in Stunning Swiss Surroundings

 

When you’ve done well in life, doors open for you. In this case, the owners of these gorgeous hypercars were given free reign to drive as quickly as they like across the landing strip at the Cambri Airport, just outside of Village Quinto. On their way to this meeting of the latest and greatest hypercars on the planet, the picturesque Gotthard pass was closed to public use and speed limits were temporarily lifted for a brief blitz through the mountains. Ah, la dolce vita.

Admist this flock of fantastic machinery, several Porsche greats stand out with incredible response, thrust, and rapid gearchanges. That unusually raspy roar of the 959 leaving the line sends tingles up the spine, and for purposes of comparison, the 918 leaves seconds later; showing how far forward Porsche has moved the mark in the last thirty years. Anything that bolts off the line so quickly and so cleanly is bound to be a rocket in a straight line, 887 hybrid horses or not. Additionally, the way the 918 gobbles up gears without delay gives some insight into how Porsche’s cars are able to outrun more powerful machinery.

The high-pitched howl of the Carrera GT might take the prize for most aurally-pleasing, but it’s up against some stiff competition. The wail of V12 Ferraris and that Messerschmitt rumble of the AMGs are musical, but there’s something otherworldly about that 5.7-liter V10 screaming all the way to 8,400 rpm—throaty, full-bodied, and rising to a crescendo that makes an F1 car sound flat and lifeless.

Surprisingly, there are some turbocharged Porsches which sound vibrant and alive; not just subdued whooshing and popping. The steel blue GT1 has more mid-range bark than some might think, and compensates for its hushed exhaust note by easily outrunning a CLK GTR. Even more raucous is the rare RUF CTR 3, which uses a 3.8-liter motor force-fed by twin KKK turbochargers to make somewhere around 800 horsepower. It, like everything else here, is simply stunning.

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McLaren P1 vs LaFerrari vs Porsche 918 : Le Drag Race encore plus ultime !

Il y a quelques jours, Julien vous montrait un Drag Race signé Levella dans lequel le préparateur allemand alignait 10 caisses préparées pour un total de 5912 ch… Pas mal ! Celui que je vous propose aujourd’hui n’en affiche que 2772… bouhhhhh ! Oui, mais elles ne sont que 3 et représentent la crème de […]

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