What to highlight with this car first, the purchase price of 768,000 euros in Germany, the 79 g/km CO2 or the top speed with more than 340 km/h? If you think that does not fit together somehow, you're right.
The 'daughter' Porsche is on the way to settle within the group, seen from the potential of the vehicles just below the Bugatti brand. Maybe it will be a sister like Audi. Anyway, something is happening. One takes over not uncomplainingly the technology of the parent company and just refines it.
One thing must be clear: the hybrid drive system is the technology of the near future.We will see how far BMW comes with its i-series, or whether the now even optional Range Extender does not have to develop to an effective second drive.
How in the meantime already accustomed, Porsche presents all this in the most possible conspicuous form. One could call the 918 a with great engagement weight reduced sports car with following, enormous electrical load increase with view of the modern world. What would do the mid-engine V8 with a even lighter coupé without electrical technique with approx. 1,100 kg kerb weight, you may not even remember. Braking energy recovery and gliding still make sense but a start-stop automation is probably, just like the 79 g/km CO2, due to the strange NEDC standard. Instead of encouraging thrift, by this come together no less than 652 kW (887 hp) in the 918, the Bugatti Veyron on the track, the additional all wheel drive as an addition quasi.
Surprising the hybrid technology in the transmission of the combustion engine (Panamera technology) where however front works already lots of it. Also, the front engine is decoupled by a coupling above 235 km/h. And all this against the background that is provided in the interior carbon with metalized surface in order to save a few grams. Here is for the parent company still room for simplification.
Maybe you should not mention design issues. But this great sight from behind with a well-integrated, retractable spoiler is something contrary to the usual front view. Since paint effects are of little help. Here one wishes somewhat of the huge potential of the Porsche engineers to leave the aerodynamics at the front at least, but to make it simultaneously more exciting and still typical of the brand. 07/13