We had the rare opportunity to get up close to the vehicle at Sime Darby Auto Performance’s new Porsche Centre Sungai Besi not too long ago, and what a thing of beauty it was: as much of a jaw-dropper as the performance figures suggested on paper.
887hp and 1,275Nm of torque gets this 1,700kg monster from standstill to 100km/h in just 2.5 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 340km/h. And yes, it beats the heart of a hybrid within.
Aggravating then, is it to see rubbish drivers abusing it as they do in this video. Clearly, this driver has missed the Spiderman movies that repeatedly droned on about great power coming with great responsibility.
In a parking lot, shirtless, and with a pretty lady he’s trying to impress, smarty-pants here attempts to speed off by impressing his friends with some wheelspin. Naturally designed to not do that (unless you switch off the safety systems), the 918 typically assumes an intelligent driver with appropriate intentions is behind the wheel, and does its best to maintain maximum traction.
The car then launches forwards, nearly hits a few bystanders in the parking lot, and meets an untimely fate that leaves it with a broken front end.