What It’s Like to Drive Porsche’s New Supercar

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Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg’s Jason Harper reports on the new Porsche 918 Spyder which can go from 0 to 60MPH in 2.5 seconds. He speaks to Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television’s “Taking Stock.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Get for nearly $1 million?

$1 million.

Instead of going high, just really fast.

The top speed of this car is like 214 miles per hour.

Zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds.

It's a hybrid.

You can drive it completely silently.

Use nothing gas at all.

Or you can go blindingly fast.

To get to drive this car, it's not really released yet, i got to drive it in december and it was the highlight of last year for me easily.

Describe whats like to be in the driver's seat and just watch the scenery pass you by.

I described it in my column as an eight-millimeter film.

Things are choppy and they're passing you very quickly.

I couldn't even remember the whole drive it went by so quickly.

This car is very stable.

It's very fast.

But then i drove it around town.

I took the top off it.

Can be a convertible.

And drove it silently and people stared at me like, what is that thing going by, it's a silent car?

It's a very jeckyl and hyde car.

Over 800 horse power?


I think 867 horse power.

944-pound feet of torque which is incredible thrust.

It moves you off your feet like you would not believe.

It's like science fiction type of speed.

You lose your sense of distance when you're in a car like that.

It's best in full -- under full power on a race track.

Because even on the race track, i ran out of distance very quickly.

Driving around town, you know, you want to get on the gas in little short spurts and then slow way back down.

Discretion's a better part of valuer in this particular case.

How many do they expect to make?

They are making just exactly 918 of them which is rather clever.

But this is a very unusual -- basically porch wanted to show how far that technology can come.

The last supercar was 10 years ago and this car's completely different.

It's got two mechanical -- it's got one v-8, a normal engine, and then it's got two electric motes that are also powered the front and rear wheels which allow it to either use that in all e-mode or the volt or the full monty which is using all the battery power, all the normal gasoline power to get that full 867 horse power.

You also talk in the column about how the car charges while you're driving it or while you park it i ghess your garage.

This is so cool.

This is different than the tesla.

It's different even than something like the chevy volt.

Basically you can put it in race mode and if you keep it at 4,000 r.p.m., the engines recharge -- the engine recharges the battery as you're driving it.

So basically if you use all of your battery power up, you know, during a hard charge on the race track, you can slow back down and the engine will actually put those batteries back to normal.

You can plug it in but you don't actually have to on the drive.

So you've got battery power from here to l.a. if you need it.

For $1 million, you should have such an option.

Thanks very much.

Jason harper.

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