Porsche 918 Spyder
Since the loss of the Carrera GT in 2006, we’ve waited anxiously for a successor. The Porsche 918 Spyder is just that, only now it’s a hybrid of a different class. Using two electric motors and a 4.6-liter V-8 you’d think that it would be too heavy. In fact, at 3,616-3,715 pounds, you’d think it needs to shave off a whole thousand pounds. But, that’s actually nothing compared to what it could be, and seemingly makes no difference to the performance. A heart stopping 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds keeps you second guessing if you’re really even driving a hybrid. Porsche has designed the 918 to be one of the easiest track cars to drive. Electric assisted quick-ratio steering mated with a counter-steering system that angles the rear wheels up to 3° to give the perfect turn. The driver chooses from four different driving modes; the innovative E (electric)-mode. Hybrid mode. Sport Hybrid mode and an extra Sport Hybrid mode that is activating with a dangerous little red button in the center console to let out all the power on reserve. The 918 may be one of the most anticipated cars of the year.
Price: $846,000 (estimated)
Engine: 4.6-liter V-8, electric
0-60: 2.8 seconds
Top Speed: 174 mph (limited)
Transmission: 7-speed PDK dual-clutch
Torque: 391 foot-pounds