For a seven-year-old car, this thing's still fast.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is a legendary hypercar that's just as equally exotic. With only 918 units produced during its short production run, seeing one in action is as rare as a hen's teeth. Then again, the folks over at the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds proved that nothing is impossible and put one in its paces for a 2.3-mile top-speed run at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Getting a 918 Spyder to go all out on a top-speed run is one thing, but what makes this specific unit special is it's equipped with the Weissach Package. For the uninitiated, this factory-installed package shaves 90 pounds off the 918 Spyder's hefty 3,693 lbs. It also adds six-point harnesses, winglets, and additional aero flaps making for a track-ready monster of a car.
In stock form, the all-wheel-drive 918 Spyder's 4.6-liter V8 hybrid powertrain can make a total of 875 horsepower and 944 lb-ft of torque, with or without the Weissach Package, and is one of the highest revving motors of all time. The one shown in the video is said to make 875 brake horsepower.
During the 2.3-mile run, the 918 Spyder launched quickly from a standing start (props to the driver for that intense start) with consistently smooth shifts from its seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. At its fastest, the Porsche reached a blistering speed of 214 miles per hour, which squares with the car's official top speed on paper and separates it from the 911 Turbo S by a full 10 miles.
With the old 918 Spyder's stellar showing during the test run, many are thinking that Porsche should get to work on another hypercar. The company does, but there's a caveat - Porsche hinted that the 918 Spyder hypercar successor is at least five years away.
Not all things are doom and gloom though, because as of the moment, the Stuttgart-based company is developing next-generation battery tech that would suit the 918 Spyder's heir.
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