On Thursday 6th February near Scorching Bay in Wellington, New Zealand, I was fortunate enough to get a viewing of an incredibly rare Porsche 918 Spyder.
After leaving the beach on the gloriously sunny public holiday, I looked up and was pleasantly surprised to see a Porsche 918 Spyder slowing for the speed bump.
I contained my excitement and instinctively reached for my phone to take a quick photo before the elegant Porsche meandered along the waterfront road, out of sight.
The Porsche 918, an import from Germany was silver in colour and featured the Weissach Package.
The number ‘918’ is more than simply a namesake, with Porsche producing only 918 of these models worldwide.
With an original base starting price of $845,000 USD back in 2013, the 918 Spyder has seen large increases in value ever since. The Weissach Package was priced at an additional $84,000 at a total of $929,000. The best part of a million dollars. Only about 25% of all Porsche 918 Spyders have the Weissach Package, making this one even rarer.
Porsche 918 Spyder’s have only increased in value and are priced today between $1.2m and $2m USD, depending on mileage and condition.
When it was released in 2013, the Porsche 918 Spyder claimed the fastest Nürburgring lap with a 6 minute 57 second circuit time.
Powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine and dual electric motors, the 918 Spyder produces 874 horsepower (652 kilowatts). Torque figures are 944 pound-feet (1,280 Newton-meters).
The Weissach pack which includes exposed carbon fibre items and the large magnesium wheels and decreases the weight by 41 kilograms (90 pounds).
0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint can be achieved in an astonishingly fast 2.5 seconds and onwards to 124 mph (200 kph) in a total of 7.2 seconds.
In just under 20 seconds the 918 can reach speeds of 186 mph (0-300 kph).
The Porsche hypercar looked perfectly at home coasting down the ocean view roads, backed by steep green hills.
It’s the only 918 Spyder I have had the pleasure of seeing on the roads. I certainly didn’t expect to see one here in New Zealand where supercars are much fewer in numbers, let alone hypercars.