12 May 2010
Porsche 918 Spyder Concept Sports Car
I believe that Porsche cars have good points and not so good ones. The good part is that they are a well engineered, fine driving machine. The bad news is Porsche design is rearward looking and therefore dated. They also make what I call the most over priced mass produced vehicles in the world. If you doubt the latter point, compare a Nissan GTR with a Porsche 911. (911 owners are free to weep at this juncture).
The first problem of poor styling direction may have been addressed by the 918 Spyder High-Performance Concept Sports Car. It actually looks up to date and pleasing to my eye, something no other Porsche can do. The 918 Spyder also has an emission level of just 70 grams CO2/km on fuel consumption of 3 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 94 mpg imp). It has acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds, top speed of 320 km/h (200 mph). It has a 3.4-litre V8 power unit, while the electric energy is a lithium-ion battery stationed behind the passenger compartment. So it retains the good part of Porsche cars.
As for the outrageous price Porsche charges to own one of their cars, I think the only hope is that the new VW ownership leads to cost savings. These in turn passed on to the consumer.
Porsche sales have not been doing well of late, even allowing for the new Panamera. Maybe its obsession with 'engineering over looks' and poor value is hurting the brand. It would keep me away for certain. All I can say is the 918 concept is a styling step in the right direction.
The bottom line: Now about the price...