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Porsche 918 Spyder laps the 'Ring in 6:57

Porsche 918 debuts in Frankfurt and drops the gauntlet.

By AutoWeek Sep 10, 2013 10:39AM

 

 

 

The stunning Porsche 918 Spyder was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday. The near million-dollar car has a price that's four and a half times higher than the Porsche 911 Turbo S. It was built to battle the new crop of supercars including the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1.

 

Well, the Zuffenhausen bruiser sent the first volley by dropping a Nürburgring lap time of just 6 minutes and 57 seconds. Porsche says that shaved 14 seconds off the previous record for a street-legal automobile and 17 seconds off its run from last September. The driver was Marc Lieb.

 

That lap time puts it 2 seconds behind the Radical SR8 and 9 seconds behind the SR8 LM for the fastest production car lap around the 'Ring -- according to the Wikipedia entry on the subject -- and about 15 seconds ahead of the Gumpert Apollo and 2010 Dodge Viper ACR.

 

 

The 887-hp supercar was equipped with the optional “Weissach Package” that sheds some interior amenities and adds some lightweight carbon-fiber parts, magnesium wheels, flame-resistant upholstery, racing belts and aerodynamic aids for buyers who hope to be on the racetrack more than the road.

 

 

 

-- Jake Lingeman

 

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352Comments
Sep 10, 2013 12:11PM
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hate to show my ignorance but how fast does it go  maybe the article should say in kph or mph??????
Sep 10, 2013 12:22PM
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i'll stick with the ZR1 and save the 850K
Sep 10, 2013 12:53PM
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I don't care what anybody says...it's sexy...it's fast...and it sounds great...of course I can't afford one, but who cares
Sep 10, 2013 12:12PM
Sep 10, 2013 12:06PM
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Drool, Drool, I just wish I could have one.
Sep 10, 2013 11:59AM
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Ya, but I bet my '63 Volkswagen gets better mileage.
Sep 10, 2013 12:26PM
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DAMN, thatis F  A  S  S  S  T!!!!!   what a blood spot that will make when you HIT the back of a tractor trailor!!
Sep 10, 2013 12:27PM
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still can by a top line vette, put some money in it a beat this veh and use the rest of the dough to purchase a house, just saying.
Sep 10, 2013 12:08PM
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I will wait to get mine on the next Forza...

it is a lot safer that way.  as well as cheaper..

 

Sep 10, 2013 12:43PM
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" how fast does it go "

 

Doesn't matter, it's out of my price range anyway.

Sep 10, 2013 12:40PM
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sort of puts me in mind of the old days when the Porsche 917 ruled the can-am circuit! rumor has it that the 917 spelled doom for can-am.
Sep 10, 2013 12:04PM
Sep 10, 2013 1:12PM
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For all you, I'd rather have the vette, viper, blah blah cause it's way cheaper, the people who will buy this car DON"T CARE ABOUT PRICE!!!  They buy it simply because it is the best.  
Sep 10, 2013 1:38PM
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All the losers that are posting need to realize this is about racing and pure speed. Not about gas mileage and pussy cars. You all need to go on another post and talk about smart cars and tofu.
Sep 10, 2013 12:07PM
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And your reaction the first time the kids spill a grape cool-aid drink in the backseat??????

If you don't settle down and quit fighting, I will pull this car over and .......

Sep 10, 2013 2:47PM
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Porsche's 918 Spyder: the vital stats:

Engine: 4.6-litre V8, 600bhp @ 8600rpm, 390lb ft @ 6600rpm. Engine  @ 9150rpm
Hybrid module: lithium-ion batteries, electric motors, 154bhp
Total power: 875bhp
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch, (electric motor drives fronts, motor and engine drive rears)
0-62mph: 2.8sec
0-124mph: 7.9sec
0-186mph: 23.0sec
Top speed: 211mph
MPG (combined): 85.6mpg
CO2: 79g/km
Electric-only driving range/top speed: 18 miles/93mph
Battery charge time: four hours (25mins with optional Porsche Speed Charging Station)
Weight: 1675kg (unladen), Weissach package cuts 35kg from kerbweight
Price: €781,155 (£661,000), without Weissach package / €853,155 (£720,400) with Weissach package

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