Tonight on Top Gear: The Porsche 918.
Remember that prototype Porsche 918 Top Gear teased everyone about the other day? You know, the one they took for a test drive? This is it!
This post isn’t for people who want to reblog sleek, shiny, completely finished supercars. This is a post for the petrolheads and Porschephiles who want to know what your meal looks like before it hits the table. This isn’t fine dining. This is a trip to the slaughterhouse:
Given it’s so early in development, you can forgive it looking like an absolute shed. The only vaguely production-shape panels are the doors. The rest is a mash-up of hack-sawed 911 panels and gaffer tape and naughty naked nudeness. The engineers don’t even call it a prototype, but a ‘rolling chassis’.
Even so, now it’s up and running, with the major systems on board, the engineers tell me they’re confident of what this astounding car will do….
This is just cruel. Porsche 918 supercar is more than a year away from showrooms but Top Gear Magazine got an exclusive test drive with the first production prototype and chose to share the experience with us… in words:
We’ll have the full story in the next issue of Top Gear Magazine. But here’s the executive summary for all you time-poor internauts.
The performance headlines are this. Acceleration from 0-62mph in ‘less than three’ seconds. Zero to 125mph in a time that almost matches a Bugatti Veyron. And a Nürburgring lap time (so far verified only on Porsche’s supernaturally accurate simulators), of 7.22. That’s 10 seconds faster than the old Carrera GT, and 10 seconds, to the sort of people who obsess on ‘Ring times, is an entire geologic era.
The point is when the V8 gets cracking. It’s a 4.6-litre job that revs to 9000rpm and makes a crazed 570bhp. Where the concept car had its air intakes - just behind and above your head - the real car has its exhaust tips. It sounds beyond awesome. Even though in my ride they were rev-limiting it, the noise was bouncing around my cranium for hours after.
And then, on top of that, there are the front and rear electric motors. In the ‘race hybrid mode’ their power is amped up so that between them these electric motors make 270bhp, which is more than the flat-six of an original 911 Turbo.
I guess we’ll have to wait for the magazine. In the meantime we’ve posted sketches of the production 918 above. For more detail on Top Gear’s ride, click this here link.
Thanks for sharing your favorite cars of 2011 with us the other day. While all of the cars in the TopGear.com roundup were special, for sure, your thoughts on the Audi RS3, Mustang GT500, and Subaru WRX were pretty spot on as well.
Well now that we’re a whole two and a half days into 2012, we might as well take a look at some of the cars TopGear.com is looking forward to in the new year.
The production Pagani Huayra, Porsche 918, Jaguar’s Cayman fighter, and a new Dodge Viper are all slated to see the light of day in the next 363 days. Additionally, we should get deets on the next 4 door Bugatti and the Alfa 4C should make it to the States. Even with all of that, we’re dying to see the next Mustang GT500 which is supposed to break the 200mph barrier.
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