Today, at the 80th Geneva Motor Show, Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder, which gets 94 mpg and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. For comparison, versions of the 911 get 14 to 21 mpg and go from 0 to 60 in 4.2 to 5.8 seconds.
Why so fast? It’s got a 3.4-liter, V8 race car engine and a shell made of “carbon-fibre reinforced plastic with a liberal sprinkling of aluminium and magnesium.”
The website of BBC car show Top Gear — one of the best shows on television, period — practically salivates over this “surprise” and seems confident that Porsche will bring the car to production.
However, the real test for many will be whether Top Gear’s lead host, Climate-skeptic and hybrid-Honda-hater Jeremy Clarkson, will warm to the 918. Please Porsche, get the 918 to Clarkson and the Stig soon.