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    Re: OFFICIAL: 918 Spyder

    For the millionth time, this is a PRE-PRODUCTION PROTOTYPE.


    Re: OFFICIAL: 918 Spyder

    pxaxh:

    For the millionth time, this is a PRE-PRODUCTION PROTOTYPE.

    Nonsense! This is an option. If you want exterior parts aligned you need to cough up another $100,000.Smiley


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    Actually, the cost of 1 proto is around 6kk usd))) So you have to pay 5kk grand for this exclusive package)))

    P.S. McLaren lost nurburgring battle)))


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    Re: OFFICIAL: 918 Spyder

    pxaxh:

    For the millionth time, this is a PRE-PRODUCTION PROTOTYPE.

    Smiley


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    Re: OFFICIAL: 918 Spyder

    Here is a photo from the latest edition of the 918 brochure, of the infamous 20k luggage set.

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    Whoopsy:

    Here is a photo from the latest edition of the 918 brochure, of the infamous 20k luggage set.

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    Perhaps this money will buy you the shown tiling work as well. Smiley


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    Testing 918 Spyder

     


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    Re: OFFICIAL: 918 Spyder

    Have this one been posted? 918 revs up to 9.000rpm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSk5SPjPG_8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUxJRK9bv8iIEqfxf5WnkCzA

     

     


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    Re: OFFICIAL: 918 Spyder

    Boy am I disappointed this morning. I am scheduled to fly out to Palm Springs tomorrow morning for the 918 event but this morning I got an email telling me the 918 had suffered mechanical problem and the event had been cancelled the last minute.

    This is the second time in about 2 months that Porsche had cancelled 918 events due to mechanical problems. 

    Now I am getting worried about the car.


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    Whoopsy- Are there any indications that the malfunction has to do with the hybrid system?

    I ask because there are reports that the LMP1 car burnt to the ground during testing in France. It is being speculated that the fire could have been caused by the hybrid system.


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    Well, more update.

    Only the 918 test drive portion of the test drive has been cancelled. Both the primary car and the backup car are undrive-able as I was told, that was the extend of their explanation. A third static car will still be at the event to be 'look' at.

    I will still get to drive the 991 and the e-hybrid Panamera. 

    To make up for my loss, Porsche will be transporting me to the LA Autoshow from Palm Springs Wednesday morning to attend the show and visit the 918 lounge and booked a 918 'specialist' for me, also to look at the 991 Turbo S, the Mecan etc. I will then be transported to LAX for my flight back to Vancouver.

    All in all, I think Porsche nailed it with customer service. I was floored that they propose to drive me to LA Autoshow and back if I didn't change my departing flight from Palm Springs. But logistically it's just make better sense for me.

     

     


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    Whoopsy:

    Boy am I disappointed this morning. I am scheduled to fly out to Palm Springs tomorrow morning for the 918 event but this morning I got an email telling me the 918 had suffered mechanical problem and the event had been cancelled the last minute.

    This is the second time in about 2 months that Porsche had cancelled 918 events due to mechanical problems. 

    Now I am getting worried about the car.

    All these protos suffered many miles, test drives, experiments with different setups, so IMO it's better to show all the flows now, instead of with the first customer cars...Smiley


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    Whoopsy:

    Well, more update.

    Only the 918 test drive portion of the test drive has been cancelled. Both the primary car and the backup car are undrive-able as I was told, that was the extend of their explanation. A third static car will still be at the event to be 'look' at.

    I will still get to drive the 991 and the e-hybrid Panamera. 

    To make up for my loss, Porsche will be transporting me to the LA Autoshow from Palm Springs Wednesday morning to attend the show and visit the 918 lounge and booked a 918 'specialist' for me, also to look at the 991 Turbo S, the Mecan etc. I will then be transported to LAX for my flight back to Vancouver.

    All in all, I think Porsche nailed it with customer service. I was floored that they propose to drive me to LA Autoshow and back if I didn't change my departing flight from Palm Springs. But logistically it's just make better sense for me.

     

     

    Still...I don't know...you're coming from Vancouver to drive the 918 and then... Smiley Not a good advertisement for the 918.


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    Re: OFFICIAL: 918 Spyder

    At least I get to see and touch and sit in a real car.............................


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    Whoopsy:

    At least I get to see and touch and sit in a real car.............................

    Way to look at the bright side. You'll also get to see the macan first hand. 


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    Just got back from my trip.

    Wow, the 918 is IMPRESSIVE in person. I actually saw 3 of them, 2 at the track and the one at the LA Autoshow.

    A static car without engine was at the track in the lounge to be touched and at looked at spent about an hour with it just admiring the master piece. A 918 specialist was also on hand to help me out with confirmation of the options I had chosen. They also drove one of the running prototypes on electric power out for me to see it, it was a strange sign to see it moving without an sound. This one has the Weissach pack and in white. It also confirms my suspicion that the car looks cleaner without the Weissach pack, I felt like the extra aero bits at the rear was a bit tacky. But with it running on electric power alone tells me their mechanical problem is NOT with the electric system, I suspect it's the V8. Was told they were driving the cars hard the last few days. But it also could be a software issue, as 'someone' there told me what was not supposed to be told, they had a major software upgrade done to the 2 cars. 

    While I didn't get to drive the 918, I had some great track time with a 991 4S and a Panamera e-hybrid. Boy that 991 sounds great at redline with the sports exhaust. The car had awesome grip and is VERY chuck-able, it had taken all my abuse and just laugh in my face, I was just man handling it around turns, instead of smooth transitions I literally just throw it into corners after corners and it never got out of shape, the limits of the car is quite a bit higher than what I had experienced a few years ago on a track with a 997 4S. Even the Panamera was surprisingly good at the track even with all the extra weight. The car felt like it shrunk in size the faster I go, while I can really feel the extra weight, if I drive it smoothly it really handles. Had a blast at the track especially as I was the only customer there, everyone else who was scheduled to be there cancelled out after hearing the 918 portion was cancelled. 

    At the LA Autoshow I saw one of the latest prototype, fit and finish is just about perfect, it even had the e-hybrid badge on the side. The Porsche hall is very impressive and they had section off a room just for the 918 exhibit and viewing is done by appointments only. I felt like I was an animal at the zoo as I was alone with another 918 specialist  inside discussing the car while literally hundreds of people are looking in thru the glass partition. I spent quite a bit of time playing with the entertainment system and while there were initial concerns about glare from the steep angle of the console, I am happy to tell the system had enough brightness to power thru the glare. 

    After the 918 showing we moved out to check out the Macan, Photos didn't do the car justice. The tail lights are especially impressive, the 3D effect is just so cool, was told it will be the new design signature for all new Porsches. Leg room was fine in the Macan, front and back, but the headroom at the back seat issue is hard to ignore, I am 5'11" and my hair is brushing against the headliner. The trunk space on the other hand is quite adequate. The extra sill panels on the doors is quite debatable, on the blue car it seems quite alright and sporty with the carbon fiber, but on the black car the carbon disappeared and it just seems like the doors had an extra 2 body panel lines. 

    Also saw the Panamera extended wheelbase, the elephant had turned into a whale, enough said. 

    I guess that's it for now, will upload some pictures tomorrow.


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    Pics pics pics!!! smiley


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    Whoopsy:

    While I didn't get to drive the 918, I had some great track time with a 991 4S and a Panamera e-hybrid. Boy that 991 sounds great at redline with the sports exhaust. The car had awesome grip and is VERY chuck-able, it had taken all my abuse and just laugh in my face, I was just man handling it around turns, instead of smooth transitions I literally just throw it into corners after corners and it never got out of shape, the limits of the car is quite a bit higher than what I had experienced a few years ago on a track with a 997 4S

    Finally someone who seems to appreciate the 991. The 991 is wonderful, I always get mad when people tell me that this car is soft or not a true Porsche anymore. I really don't understand where they get these ideas from. Smiley Maybe it is the press, maybe the Powersteering Plus, maybe early models where the new electric steering software wasn't really that good, I don't know. I had a 991 Carrera S Cabriolet as a test car for a weekend and I swear to god that I would get one too (next to my 991 Turbo S) if I could afford it. Wonderful experience and yes, the engine revs nicely and the sport exhaust adds that additional fun factor, making the 991 scream at higher rev figures. Not as nice as the GT3 but still...pretty impressive. Thanks for your feedback! Smiley

    Can't wait to see the photos. Smiley Yes, the Macan 3D tail lights are nice and yes, it seems that all Porsche models will get a similar effect with the facelift and/or next generation.


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    Majority of the pictures were taken at the track where I had the whole place by myself.

    Since I was being escorted by the specialist at the Autoshow, didn't feel right for me to ignore him and take pictures :)

    Plus, once outside the 918 room crowds are everywhere and it's impossible to take clean car pictures.

     


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    Re: OFFICIAL: 918 Spyder

    What's most interesting about the 918 is the 2 vents behind the front wheel, they are simply holes to vent air out.

    That means all the crap that gets picked up by the sticky tires will be sand blasting the carbon fiber body work and paint all around there.

    Porsche do provide a clear plastic shield for the lower sill hole, it extends all the way back and diagonally cuts back up behind the door openings. It's a no cost option if one wants it. But Porsche do not provide full coverage plastic, for that one needs to find a after market to do the proper coverage.

    I skipped that option as I didn't like the extra lines going up the bodywork, plus, since I spec-ed Basalt Black, a standard Porsche color, it will be relatively cheap and easy to respray down the road.

    On the Weissach pack prototype, the rear winglet is in horrible condition, granted it's been driven hard, but somehow it's just doesn't seem right to have such an item labeled as 'consumables' like wiper blades.

     


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    Inside the track display, the liquid metal paint seems dull, but it's looks fantastic under the bright lighting at the autoshow booth.

    That color really needs lights, lots of lights, in order to bring out why it cost 64k.

    And one last thing, getting in and out of the car is not actually easy, it seems harder than getting out of the 12C. Maybe I still haven't getting used to it yet. The sills feels wider than the McLaren and I seat lower than in the Mac, with the top off I at least able to stand up a little to facilitate the process, but with the roof panels in place it feels just a tad more graceful than exiting a Lotus Elise, which most of the time I actually had to roll almost onto the pavement to exit.

    Before I had the chance to see the real car, it's felt like just another car purchase and I never felt eager to take delivery, I didn't mind the wait, but now that I spent almost a whole day around one, I REALLY REALLY wish I can have mine tomorrow.


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    Re: OFFICIAL: 918 Spyder

    RC:
     The 991 is wonderful, I always get mad when people tell me that this car is soft or not a true Porsche anymore. I really don't understand where they get these ideas from. Smiley Maybe it is the press, maybe the Powersteering Plus, maybe early models where the new electric steering software wasn't really that good, I don't know.

    I get mad every time I drive a 991 (or 981 for that matter).  Porsche have totally spoilt the driving experience for me and I honestly think the steering is a disgrace.  But to say the 991 is not a true Porsche is plain stupid even though its not what I want a Porsche to be.

    In the UK its only minority press like Evo and Pistonheads that criticise the steering heavily.  Personally, I think the 991 is a curious mixture of the sublime and the infuriating but my problem is that makes Porsche the same as every other sports car maker.  Beforehand they stood out from the crowd simply because difficult I found it hard to criticise.

    Now I've not yet had the chance to try the Turbo or GT3 but the normal 2014 models show no sign of steering improvement that was suggested (I was very hopeful but remain disappointed).  I'm half tempted to try a Powersteering Plus car to see just how bad it is Smiley


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    Evo is minority press in the UK ?


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