Our first ride in the Porsche 918 Spyder
Ollie Marriage meets one of the most exciting cars of the year: Porsche’s brand new hybrid
Posted: 04 Oct 2012
We creep silently away from the circuit, before jetting away from a roundabout at hot hatch velocity, but with no apparent noise apart from a distant, almost imperceptible whine from the electric motors. It's an odd sensation because, aside from the Tesla or the electric SLS, we're simply not used to electric cars generating much acceleration or being at all sporting.
Modes are selected via a stubby lever on the dash, while paddles operate the double clutch gearbox. We turn off on to a country road and the 570bhp V8 erupts into life. It's not a particularly pleasant noise at the moment - tuning the note and increasing the sound deadening are still on the to-do list - a flat blare that hurls into your ears and makes it hard to concentrate on anything else.