When everyone else was excited about the LaFerrari and P1, I was busy lusting after the 918 Spyder. I was the only one in my friend group who preferred the 918 to the others.
Ever since the 918 Concept Study debuted in 2010, I knew that it was going to be something special. I remember driving it in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) and thinking that this was the future of supercars. Then 13-year old me couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea of a race-derived 3.4 liter V8 coupled with batteries helping the car hit 60 in 3.2 seconds with a 198 mph top speed. To me, these numbers were unheard of in a hybrid car. I originally thought that this would be Porsche’s answer to the likes of the 458 Italia, MP4-12C, Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, and SLS AMG. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
As much as I loved the other supercars previously mentioned, I looked forward to the 918 more than any of those.
When the 918 RSR debuted in 2011, I definitely felt like this would be the supercar to wipe the floor with the competition. It had 767 hp with a KERS system and a hardtop. I knew that the 918 lineup would be seriously committed to being the best of the best. Porsche wasn’t joking around. I’d originally imagined that this thing would slot between the 997.2 GT3 RS and the 997.2 GT2 RS in terms of performance.
Fast forward to 2013, we got a sneak peek of the production 918 in the form of the pre-production 918 Weissach Package in the matte paint with the Weissach livery. A sub 3-second 60 time and a top speed of over 210 mph meant that this was above 458 and 12C territory. At the time, this looked like an Aventador LP700-4 rival, if anything. Then came the price and power figures. The 918 ranged from $850k for a base 918 to $930k for a Weissach package 918. This wasn’t an Aventador rival. This was the direct rival to the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1.
Fast forward to 2014. The first production 918s are revealed to the world. I couldn’t wait to see one. Car and Driver featured a Night Blue Metallic 918 in their 2014 Lightning Lap. Turn10 featured the production 2014 918 Spyder in Horizon 2 in early 2015. I was hyped to actually see one. As 2015 passed, more 918s rolled off the production line and became one of the hottest cars of the decade to date. My local Porsche dealership received several, but I didn’t get to see any of them.
When Car and Driver tested the production 918 and got 60 in 2.2 seconds, I couldn’t believe it.
In November 2015, at the Miami International Auto Show, I went through the entire show as usual. I spent over an hour at the BMW section alone. Then it came time to go to the supercars. I saw an Italian Red 2008 Veyron, which marked the third time I’d seen one to date. That was nice. As I approached the Veyron, I noticed a car behind a crowd of people taking pictures. It was grey, low, and parked in the supercar section. It took me a moment to figure out what it was. As soon as people walked away from it, I saw the headlights. It was a 918 Spyder. An actual 918 Spyder. In person. I immediately walked up to it and took a picture, still speechless over what was in front of me. Forget the Veyron, I’d waited over 5 years for this moment.
When Porsche announced that 918 production ended that year, I felt sad about it. It marked the end of an era. I’d been a fan since it debuted in 2010 and after 2 years, production ceased. To this day, I have held that the best of the three is the 918. I haven’t seen one in person since the auto show. I hope to see one again soon.
One day, I definitely hope to own one. Sooner or later, that day will come.
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