End of The Road; Porsche 918 Spyder

If you’re a regular reader of THE-LOWDOWN.com, you would be familiar with Jon Olsson and his collection of amazing cars (Rebellion R2K and his widebody Audi RS6), and the man to capture them in all their glory is no other than Oskar Bakke.

A Swedish based photographer, Oskar’s talent has awarded him work for Betsafe covering events such as the infamous Gumball 3000 Rally. His latest shoot with ItsWhiteNoise is of the lethal Porsche 918 Spyder in none other than the Nevada Desert.

Designed by Michael Mauer (Chief Designer at Porsche), the 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6 litre V8 engine that pumps 453 kW, with two electric motors delivering an extra 208 kW for a combined output of 661 kW and 1,275 NM of torque with a top speed of 340 km/h.

Porsche were claiming performance figures of 0 – 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds before the engineering design was even finlaised, funnily enough when Car and Driver tested the 918 for these claims, the car actually managed a 0 – 100 km/h time in 2.2 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster than Porsche originally claimed.

As the model is called the 918, production has been limited for this supercar to exactly 918 units. At a starting price of $845,000 USD ($1,100,000 AUD), the 918 unit target has already been hit with no news on any of these being to Australian owners.

PORSCHE 918 SYPDER FACT SHEET

VEHICLE TYPE:Mid-engine, front- and mid-motor, 4-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door targa
ENGINE TYPE: OHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT: 4593 cc
POWER: 661kW at 8700rpm
TORQUE: 1,275nm 6700rpm
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode
0-100 KPH: 2.2 seconds
0-290 KPH: 17.5 seconds
TOP SPEED: 340km/h
WEIGHT: 1690kg

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