Porsche 918 Spyder review - interior and tech

A wonderful cabin and removable roof make the 918 both a comfortable and exciting place to spend time. Remove the roof to really enjoy the V8's mechanical tone

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from £781,155
  • Blistering performance; cohesive hybrid tech
  • Added weight and complexity

Several 918 firsts have since appeared on other Porsches. The smaller 360mm diameter wheel for example has since been used in the GT3 RS and has subsequently found its way into the second generation of 991s. The rotary switch in the wheel that swaps between drive modes is also now to be seen gracing ordinary 911s. Finally the gorgeous seats were subsequently adapted for the GT3 RS and Cayman GT4. Nonetheless, if you step into a 918 Spyder today, you will still be amazed by the quality and sense of exclusivity. The central architectural beam that houses a screen and various ancillary controls is just stunning.

The 918 Spyder features one major difference from its hypercar rivals, and that's hinted at in the model's name. Rather than a fixed roof, the 918 has removable roof panels that can then be stored in the front luggage compartment and doing so transforms the 918 experience - and allows drivers to appreciate the contrast between electric running and the Porsche's vicious 4.6-litre V8.

And naturally, as a Porsche, everything is beautifully trimmed and built with precision. You get a little extra comfort in non-Weissach cars, with extra sound insulation and plusher seats, but those opting for the faster car will hardly skimp on luxury.

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