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The best way to illustrate the 918's speed potential is to describe what happened on the press launch. And to talk about the 2014 911 Turbo S.
The '14 Turbo S is as fast as unholy snot. It produces 560 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Porsche claims the car can sprint to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds—just a few tenths slower than a Bugatti Veyron—and early tests indicate the car circles a skid pad around or slightly above 1.0 g. You stand on the throttle in that thing, and the earth reverses its rotation and spits your spleen into your spinal column.
There was a Turbo S at the media drive. It was driven by Porsche test driver Timo Kluck, an affable dude with a driving resume a mile long. Each journalist got seven laps in the 918 playing chase to Kluck in the 911. And two laps in, almost all the journalists present had to lift to avoid running Kluck over.
This is not a statement about the driving talent of the average journalist. Far from it; journalists aren't known for being decent drivers. (Ahem! Except yours truly, who is a super genius in everything he does. And also incredibly attractive and modest.) And Kluck is a pro. But it speaks volumes about the 918's insane thrust and eye-sucking grip.
Kluck was on the ragged hairy edge in the Turbo S, one of the fastest street cars on the planet. He was skittering over the limit and generally driving the wee out of the car. And the 918 might as well have been driven by a dead hamster for all it took to keep up. You can knock the 918 for weighing close to two tons. You can wonder what it would be like in a purer, simpler world, where hybrid this and battery that didn't exist. You can talk all day long about how you'd buy a Carrera GT or a Ferrari Enzo or God knows what instead if you had the cash. But you can't deny just how bloody capable the thing is.
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