What you're about to see is one of the more "interesting" options on the Porsche 918 options list. Most of you probably already know this, but it bears repeating: if you buy a 918 Spyder, you have the option of ordering a matching 911 Turbo S "Edition 918 Spyder" (coupe or cab) to go with it. This special-edition 911 will have a limited production run of 918, and is only for sale to 918 buyers.
So what am I doing with this car? Well, the gentleman who purchased his 918 decided to use the matching 911 as a daily driver, racking up an impressive 33,000 miles to date. However, for whatever reason, he decided it was time for a new DD. So he stopped by McLaren and traded it for a used McLaren MP4-12C
I'd driven a couple 997's before; a stick-shift base and a PDK S. Obviously, the Turbo S is essentially the same car, but there were some noticeable differences: first, the suspension is substantially stiffer than the NA counterparts. This sucks over the ubiquitous torn-up tarmac in this neck of the woods, but the handling is even more lively and direct than the NA cars. So there's your trade-off. The other very noticeable difference is the PAH. Holy crapoly, this thing is FAST. And it makes an incredible noise as you howl toward redline, goodness gracious. The acceleration is so ferocious as to be almost frightening, yet the car still has that feeling...James May calls it "the fizz"...to me, it's that intangible quality that makes you want to chuck the car harder into every corner, and grants you an ever-widening grin as you do so. It's that exact quality that I look for in every car; it's one of the big reasons I bought my FR-S, and it's the main reason I don't like the GT-R.
Okay, enough with my blabbing. Picture time!
33k. to the PO for driving this thing like a real car and not hiding it in his garage!
So anyway, I headed up my favorite road to my new favorite photo spot...
Jeez, it was so hazy and gross today. Oh well, what are you gonna do...
There are a bunch more pics here if you want to see the standard "for sale" shots. And if you're interested in buying this thing, click here.
Thanks for looking!