In conjunction with the opening of the Porsche Centre in Sungai Besi, Sime Darby Auto Performance and Porsche Malaysia took the opportunity to bring a real crowd-pleaser, show-stopper of a car to display: the Porsche 918 Spyder.
It’s a stunning thing to behold, we know, but let’s recap what it offers. And since we haven’t yet driven it ourselves, its staggering collection of numbers will have to suffice.
Its race-derived 4.6-litre V8 engine revs to a lofty 8,500 rpm and produces 608hp and 528Nm of torque. Supplementing this petrol power plant at the rear is a 154hp electric motor, and these two drive units transmit power to the wheels via a 7-speed PDK double-clutch transmission. Front drive is also provided via a 125hp electric motor that can decouple itself from the front axle when not needed or deliver its instant power when it’s called for. All said, it has a combined power output of 887hp and 1,275Nm of torque.
It allows this amazing 1,700kg machine to reach 100km/h from standstill in just 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 340km/h. Since it’s a plug-in hybrid, its battery can be recharged from the mains and even affords this car an all-electric range of 19 kilometres.
Alright, enough talk. We could go on, but here are the pictures.
There's just something about cars. It's a conveyance, it's a liability, it's a tool; but it can also be a source of joy, pride, inspiration and passion. It's much like clothes versus fashion. And like the latter, the pursuit of perfection never ends.