Vital Stats

Engine:
Twin-Turbo 3.6L Flat-Six
Power:
530 HP / 516 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed PDK
0-60 Time:
3.1 Seconds
Top Speed:
195 MPH
Drivetrain:
All-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
3,494 LBS
Seating:
2+2
Cargo:
4.76 CU-FT
MPG:
17 City / 25 HWY
Porsche's Buy-One-Get-One-For-$160K Offer


2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder – Click above for high-res image gallery

If nothing else, the 2012 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder wins the contest for the Porsche with the longest and perhaps clumsiest name ever. But after a day of driving it on good roads all around Stuttgart's farm country and blasting along the no-limit Autobahn, however, we break down like always and decide it's pretty damned cool to possess any 911 Turbo S whatsoever.

What's ultimately best about this admittedly opportunistic offering from Porsche's marketing department is that it doesn't cost one red cent more than the standard 530-horsepower 911 Turbo S – $160,700 for the coupe or $172,100 for the convertible. You just know that they talked about charging more in a meeting. "Perhaps we should charge $10,000 more, c'mon. That's a cool $10 million!" You know they did.

Besides, even more than a normal 911, you probably can't afford one anyway, so there's no reason to start bellyaching. That's because only 918 units of this special Turbo S trim are being shifted out the door at Zuffenhausen, and they are offered only to those magnates who will have their "people" stand in line to fetch a $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid. You do not have to buy the accompanying Turbo S 918 edition, but as a Porsche spokesperson tells us, "so far, all 918 Spyder customers have taken their matching-number Turbo S." (A report we have been given reason to doubt, but...) Naturally, the numbers on the little badges inside match, which is totally cute. Our tester was numbered "000," which automatically made us cooler than anyone.


This acid green-speckled Turbo S is a nice gesture, too. If you ordered your hybrid super dream car for all that money, wouldn't you like to have something from the same company to tide you over while you waited for your late-2012 delivery? And it's all but guaranteed that this Turbo S will go up in value over time, just like the 918.

Our silver metallic tester with 19-inch black center-lock RS Spyder wheels matches up particularly well with the audacious acid green details and logos added to the outside and inside of the most powerful Turbo. The bright green brake calipers and the telltale green "S" on the rear engine lid really set the mood.

2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder side profile2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder front view2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder rear view

On Germany's Autobahn or on the nearly blemish-free B-roads around Stuttgart, this is a typically mind-bogglingly quick Turbo S with the aero downforce, discretely rumbling exhaust, and compound disc brakes to match. The main difference we noticed during the whole day actually came while sitting dog-still. When we showed up at the company's hallowed engineering skunkworks in Weissach, even the Porsche employees who see incredible things every day swarmed around the car. That was an absolute first, so clearly there's something special going on here.

Mainly it's that the Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder is a subtle neon sign telling the civilian population, "I'm waiting for my 918 Spyder Hybrid," and that alone is an impressive statement to be able to make. That's over $1 million invested in Porsche's future, so employees have a right to stare and get excited.

2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder interior2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder tachometer2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder stitched logo2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder rear seats

The special leather chosen for the interior is wrapped around not the most aggressive seats available from the Porsche Exclusive catalogue, but the support is just right for using the car's capabilities over public roads every day. We're nuts about the embrace and comfort of these chairs, as they have been studied practically to perfection. Notice the acid green piping on the seats, the green stitching everywhere, plus the "take aim" on-center mark at the top of the steering wheel and all of the colored instrument needles. "Edition 918 Spyder" also comes stitched in green behind the front passengers' heads. Yes, there are still rear seats – for wee Porschephiles only – and they get the green piping and special leather as well.

The 19-inch wheels and tires – Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 235/35 ZR19 (87Y) front and 305/30 ZR19 (102Y) rear – complement the aggressive driving style that the 911 unfailingly brings out in us. Acceleration with all 516 pound-feet of torque between 2,100 and 4,250 rpm is blistering, the Turbo S's quoted 3.1-second time to 60 mph telling no lies. With the almost mandatory inclusion of the Porsche Sport Chrono Turbo option, we've personally had a Turbo S to 60 mph in just less than 2.8 seconds with the Sport Plus button lit. We did the top-speed 'Bahn Run, too, and this special Turbo S with rear wing up will fly solidly for minutes on end at 196 mph, leaving nothing but an acid green streak in the eyes of others.

2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder wheel2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder engine2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder chrono2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder rear spoiler

The seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission with proper Sport steering wheel and shift paddles is, as always, a pure pleasure, even the gearshift lever gets the carbon-look detailing that festoons the cabin at key touchpoints. A six-speed manual would be incredible, but this PDK deserves praise.

North America's fortunate few 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder buyers can expect to take delivery of their cars starting at some point mid-Summer, giving them just the tool to happily stave off their supercar cravings while they wait for their super-exotic 918 plug-in planet-hugger.

2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder rear 3/4 view

So, would you go for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder and accompanying 918, or a Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition and a mint-condition Miura? If only we could afford to even dream this big.


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        Dvanos
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's what wealthy people do.
        PeriD
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think adding a $160k supercar is a little bit more then adding a beret to your shopping cart of gap tees. I don't think its amazing that all the customers opted for it- one, they're obviously Porsche aficionados so the ability to have a one-off specially made car probably was enough. Two, it they obviously have the room (both in the garage and in the bank account) to pick the car up without thinking twice. And three, if you want to remain a Porsche VIP customer- it's probably bad form to turn down a car specially made for you. I know with Ferrari most of the people who got the 599 GTO already had a GTB, it was almost like a prerequisite to getting one.
      SK
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche's attempt at being green?
      wave9x
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd give my left ball for this car.
      Toronto
      • 3 Years Ago
      $160k ?? No problem.... Everyone who is getting this car obviously know the re-sale value of this will be more than $160k. Why wouldn't they get this along with the 918... it would be stupid not to.
      James-Jimbo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche should rename it the Ryan Dunn Edition. Too soon?
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Cory Stansbury
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Nissan GTR can only lay claim to definitively looking better than maybe 4 vehicles built through history. These include the AMC Pacer, Pontiac Aztec, Honda Accord Crosstour, and BMW X6. I would also argue that it looks better than the Fugatti Veyron, but so did my last bowel movement, so that's not really saying a whole lot.
        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        Two different cars. Porsche requires complete attention and proper level of skills. GTR uses computers. Ask any auto-journalist, Porsche is much more fun with great performance.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 3 Years Ago
        I might also add that costing less usually also results in a vehicle being cheaper. My guess is that if you have to ask why one can justify the price of a Porsche over a Nissan, you'll never understand. I'd probably take a Cayman over both though...just me however.
      jonhn do
      • 3 Years Ago
      one of the worst thing about this car is that the engine is at the back... forget about crash tests at 40 mph ,at higher speeds god help you... safety>performance
        fpsircarlton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonhn do
        this car isnt about being safe...
        LloydChiro
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonhn do
        I'll bet this is one of the safest cars on the road. Are you trying to say that if you get rear ended at high speeds the engine will go through the passenger compartment? That's absurd.
          jonhn do
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LloydChiro
          No! I'm saying that when the engine is on the front like most of the cars,will reduce the impact of the crash...
        Roadkill
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jonhn do
        It so happens I got rear-ended a few years ago in a 911. Other car was at full speed, I was not. Police said afterwards if the engine had not been there to protect me, I'd be worm food. Granted, these type or collisions are less likely to happen, but you are unable to prevent every circumstance. Next thing a plane drops on your car.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Spyder + Fixed Roof = Retarded. Period.
        JohhnyDough
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        It's to commemorate the 918 Spyder vehicle, hence the 'Edition 918 Spyder' which is the car you'll be getting along with it. Didn't make sense at first, but then unlike yourself I thought about it before posting a comment.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Oh, I definitely thought of it, and guess what.... still retarded. "Edition 918" would have sufficed, even with the existence of the 918 RSR. But the fact that they're making an "edition" of a vehicle that is A - an entirely different model than the one it's being emblazoned across the doors and seats of, and B - not even a production model yet, is pretty ridiculous IMO. Don't believe me? Well, watch this. How do these names sound? Ford Fiesta Edition Mustang Shelby GT500. Or even better, Chevrolet Cobalt Edition Camaro ZL1. It just seems like an excuse to make yet ANOTHER edition of the 911... as if that's necessary. Haha!
      Matthew
      • 3 Years Ago
      We have a deposit on the 918 and did not opt for a 911 turbo S 918 spyder. That statement is false.
        Matthew Davis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matthew
        I been hoodwinked by a communications guy! What are the chances?? ;-) Thanks, Matthew, you amazingly lucky lug.
        Evander Xavier
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matthew
        False statements and factual inaccuracies? This is Autoblog, after all.
        TokyoRemix
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matthew
        If only you could understand my envy. You lucky bastard.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matthew
        that's because i have an order on the 918 and i opted for two 911 turbos.
      NYTechie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm confused. Why would the coupe version have "Spyder" stitched on the seat?
      tkosoccer03
      • 3 Years Ago
      another 911??? and people complain about Mustangs....
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