Describing the acceleration of a hypercar like the Porsche 918 Spyder can be a challenge for even the most seasoned writer. Having never anything other than gawk at the 918 Spyder at the Detroit Auto Show, I can’t really speak to the sensation of becoming one of the few people to ever drive a car past 200 MPH. That’s what video cameras are for.
Germany’s SportAuto magazine sent Christian Gebhardt to take a drive in the Porsche 918 Spyder, and this in-car video shows his 333 KPH/207 MPH run, where we get to see a few of the Porsche’s many cool features in action.
While some might consider it an almost “common” feature among many hypercars these days, the auto-deploying rear wing is a necessary feature for keeping the 918 earthbound. The uber-powerful hypercar also utilizes launch control, which gives Gebhardt a flawless start on his 207 MPH run. It takes only 2.6 seconds to reach 62 MPH, a touch over 7 seconds to cross the 124 MPH threshold, after 20 seconds he’s cruising along at 186 MPH, and 10 seconds later he has hit 207 MPH. That’s not even the top speed; Porsche claims the 918 can reach 214 MPH, which means there are only a handful of cars in the world that can claim to be faster. Among them is the LaFerrari (another hybrid) and the Bugatti Veyron (which could so go hybrid).
Porsche has led the way with its hybrid hypercar, and there’s really only one way to describe the kind of acceleration it puts out.