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Porsche 918 SpyderPorsche 918 Spyder

Zero to 60 mph times (or 62 KPH in kilo-world) are pretty much the accepted benchmark when it comes to measuring a car’s performance and probably the easiest measure of speed to relate to for most car drivers.

At some time in their period of car ownership most car-nuts have mashed the gas pedal to the floor from a standing start to see how quickly their pride and joy gathers momentum anticipating the crushing force of acceleration that will push them back into their seat. For the majority of us it is just a dream and a bit of an anti-climax.

Unless you are driving something very special, of course, such as the Porsche 918 Spyder.

In around 2.6 seconds this car will have punched you so hard in the chest your ribcage would have left an impression on the inside of your back. Add another 2 seconds and you have reached 100 mph-  as long as you managed to keep a hold of the steering wheel with your newly elongated arms.

In less than 10 seconds you have covered a quarter of a mile.

Which incidentally raises another question – how far has the 918 actually travelled by the time it has reached 60 mph? You might think that would an easy question to answer but you need to be very good at arithmetic to work it out and there are several ways of calculating it out depending on how precise you want to be.

The ‘simplest’ formula I managed to find (courtesy of Wolfram Alpha) is as follows:

0 mph × 2.6 seconds + 1/2 ((60 mph)/(2.6 seconds) (2.6 seconds)^2) or

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Life is too short so put away the calculator – the answer is 0.0217 miles or 35 metres.  The average family car would need to cover around 160 metres to reach the same speed.

Interesting? Maybe not, but just an alternative way of expressing how fast a car is off the line.

Back to the 918 which is therefore very fast indeed. Whether it is quicker than a Mac P1 or LaFerrari is quite frankly academic and you will need a spectrometer to measure the differences between them. No doubt there will soon be the inevitable shoot-out on Top Gear and other car magazines that will draw some conclusion or other.

If you are lucky enough to be in a position to buy one of these cars then your choice will be very limited. The LaFerrari, 499 manufactured and now all sold out. Pre-owned cars are being bought for up to double the original list price we are told!

The P1 is also sold out (a tiny 375 produced) and presently there are very few pre-owned examples on offer but nonetheless there will be a premium to pay to acquire one today.

Porsche, however, are building 918 examples of their supercar (hence the ‘918’ moniker) so there is still a chance to grab this particular new example we have on sale before production comes to an end:

Finished in White with Onyx Black/Acid Green Leather Interior the extras include:

Front axle lift system, Anti-glare interior package, Bodywork film protection, Electric height adjustment on front passenger seat, Cup holder, Porsche vehicle tracking system including Porsche Car Connect, Lightweight bucket seats with lateral support.

This brand new, unregistered 918 is physical and available to buy today.

To find out more please contact The Car Spy on 01892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net

 

 

Finished in Arancio Borealis with Nero Perseus Interior this new, unregistered, right hand drive Gallardo Spyder LP560-4 comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Arancio Stitching, Callisto Rims in Shiny Black, Q-Citura Interior, Navigation System, Bluetooth, Style Package with White Side Indicators, Rear View Camera, Interior Leather Pack, Small Brake Callipers in Orange, Anti-Theft System, Branding package, Travel Package, E-Gear, Sport Lifting System. List Price £190147 inc VAT.

This Gallardo Spyder is available to purchase today at £POA

Please note this car is vat qualifying.                      

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder LP560-4 in Arancio Borealis

N.B. This image was created using the Lamborghini Configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Phantom Black with Black Leather Interior this one owner February 2012 registered R8 Spyder has recorded only 3500 miles and comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Audi magnetic ride, Stainless steel pedals, SatNav Plus / MMI operating logic, Audi Music Interface (AMI), Bang & Olufsen sound system, Voice dialogue system, Audi parking system advanced, Cruise control.

This R8 Spyder is available to purchase today at £81600 including VAT (excluding shipping/delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Audi R8 V8 Spyder in Phantom Black

N.B. This image was created using the Audi Configurator. It is not an image of the actual car for sale.

Finished in Glacier White with Black Alcantara Interior this new, unregistered Limited Edition R8 GT Spyder comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

R8 Logo on Headrests, Exclusive R8 GT Floor Mats, Exclusive Door Sills, Flat-bottomed 3-Spoke Multifunction Steering Wheel with Paddles, Matt Carbon Windscreen Frame, Cruise Control, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, Door & Centre Console Trims in Body Colour, DVD Navigation, LED Headlights, TPM, 19” GT Design Alloy Wheels, Ceramic Brakes, Bluetooth, AMI, Audi parking Plus, Audi Hill Hold Assist. List Price OTR £164515 inc VAT.

This Limited Edition R8 GT Spyder is available to purchase today at £150500 inc VAT (excluding Shipping/Delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Audi R8 GT Spyder

Finished in Suzuka Grey with Black Alcantara  Interior this new model, unregistered Rimited Edition R8 V10 GT Spyder comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Red Stitching, R8 Logo on Headrests, Exclusive Floor Mats, Exclusive Door Sills, 3-Spoke Multifunction Steering Wheel with Paddles, Matt Carbon Windscreen Frame, Decorative Carbon Inserts, Leather Variant 2, Cruise Control, Bang & Olufsen Sound System. List price £172415 inc VAT. One of only 333 made for the worldwide market!

This Limited Edition R8 V10 GT Spyder is available to purchase today at £155000 inc VAT (excluding Shipping/Delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

Audi R8 V10 GT Spyder

Finished in Blu Fontus with Nero Perseus and Bianco Polar Hide Interior this new, unregistered LP560-4 Spyder comes with the following options in addition to the standard specification:-

Callisto Rims, Bicolore Sportivo Interior, Navigation System and Bluetooth, Style Package with White Side Indicators, Rear View Camera, Interior Leather Package Small, Soft Top in Blue, Anti-Theft System, Branding Package, Travel Package, E-Gear, Sport Lifting System. List price £187790.60

This Gallardo Spyder is available to purchase today at £169960 inc VAT (excluding Shipping/Delivery costs)

Please note this car is VAT qualifying.

For further details please give The Car Spy a call on ++44(0)1732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net.

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The New 2013 Audi R8

Posted: July 31, 2012 by The Car Spy in Audi, New Cars
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It’s hard to believe that the Audi R8 was introduced to us back in 2006. Considering it still looks as fresh today as it was when Audi first introduced the car any kind of make-over seems a little premature. Fortunately, however, there has only been some minor fettling with LED lighting, grille, brightware and the odd bit of composite adornment (called CFRP in Audi-speak).

The most important aspect of this R8 update, however, is the replacement of that clunker of a gearbox called the R tronic. It never worked as it was supposed too and the only reason it was tolerated is because it sat inside a stunning piece of automotive art.

Jump into your R8 R tronic when the engine is cold whilst closely parked between two other cars. Attempting to get the car out of the space was usually met with a series of jerks, jolts and snatches that was akin to trying to steering a rhino through a shop full of Swarovski crystal. It was rubbish. The only time it did work was at full throttle which wasnt very often at all.

Thankfully that gearbox is no more because a seven-speed S tronic transmission is now on offer together with the still very good six-speed manual gearbox. The S tronic is smaller, lighter and much, much faster than the forgettable R. This makes the R8 an even better car since it is matched perfectly to the V8 and V10 engine options.

Other benefits from fitting the new S tronic transmission include lower emissions, lower centre of gravity (to aid handling) and slightly improved performance figures (if your life is measured in milliseconds)

There is a new flagship model in the range called the R8 V10 Plus which produces 550PS which allows for a 3 second 0-60 mph time and a top speed of 197 mph with the S tronic transmission installed. Ceramic disc brakes are fitted as standard on the ‘Plus’ which is very handy. Pricing for this hot and spicy version of the R8 is given as £124675 for the manual and £127575 for the S tronic version.

The rest of the range starts off at £91575 for the manual V8 Coupe while the Spyder kicks off at £100225. Compared to the (rising) prices of sports cars these days such as the latest 911 the Audi R8 actually looks pretty good value for money and certainly pulls off a trick with those head-turning looks.

Orders can be placed August 2012 and first UK deliveries are expected to take place during early 2013.

To find out more about the new R8 range or any other Audi model give The Car Spy a call on 01732 760699 or email sales@thecarspy.net

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