Gallery: TopGear.com at Quail Lodge
We sneak behind the velvet rope at one of America’s most exclusive car meets…
Posted: 20 Aug 2013
Rounding off the world firsts and this visit to the Quail was Porsche's 918. While technically not in the showground - like every other show, this one has started to bulge into adjacent spaces - Weissach's finest was on display in (almost) full production form for the first time. With all the technical details already confirmed it was all about thelook and feel of the production car.
I've seen expensive watches with less precise detailing than this so it passes that test easily. Which should help its sales. There have been some rumours that the cars haven't been selling quite as fast as Porsche would have hoped, thanks to the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari distracting buyers' attention. But, having seen the looks on the crowds faces at the Quail, I can't see that situation lasting long. Particularly as it's ‘real good value at under $1m', as one red-trousered, trophy-wifed punter claimed.
There aren't many places in the world where an $875k car could be described as good value without irony, but at the Quail it's probably true.