Road Tests Real world tests of 918 Spyder vs 911 GT3 RS

0-60mph

Top speed

Nurburgring time

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Porsche 918 Spyder

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 918 Spyder

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Much more torque 944 ft-lb vs 300 ft-lb @ 7,600 RPM Around 3.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much more powerful engine 887 HP @ 8,500 RPM vs 415 HP @ 7,600 RPM Around 2.2x stronger engine
Much more expensive sticker price $1.006M vs $123k Around 8.2x more expensive harder to own
Faster to 60mph 2.8 s vs 3.8 s More than 25% faster to 60mph
Faster top speed 214 mph vs 193 mph 21 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Bigger engine 4,593 cc vs 3,598 cc Around 30% bigger engine
Really great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 6:57.0 vs 7:41.0 Around 10% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring
Higher redline 9,150 RPM vs 8,400 RPM Around 10% more revs
Side view of Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997 Mk1)

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Lighter curb weight 3,022 lb vs 3,749 lb Around 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

918 Spyder  vs
911 GT3 RS 
Brand Porsche Porsche
Price 1,006,114 123,200
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2013 2006-2009
Highway mileage 85 MPGe 22 MPG

design

Chief designer Michael Mauer Erwin Komenda
Body style sports car 2 Door Coupe
Top type Hard removable Hard removable

transmission

Drivetrain 4WD 2WD
Shift system Semi-automatic Manual
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 6
Gear ratios
1: 3.91:1
2: 2.29:1
3: 1.58:1
4: 1.19:1
5: 0.97:1
6: 0.83:1
7: 0.67:1
R: 3.09:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Double wishbone, Unknown McPherson struts, lower control arms, coil springs, gas pressurized twin-tube shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, Unknown
Rear suspension Multi link, Unknown Multi-link, anti-roll bar w/coil springs, Unknown
Front brakes 16 in Disc 15 in drilled Ventilated Discs
Rear brakes 15.4 in Disc 13.8 in drilled Ventilated Discs
Front wheels 265/35 241 235/35 19
Rear wheels 325/30 318 305/30 19

road tests

918 Spyder  vs
911 GT3 RS 
Top speed 214 mph 193 mph
0-60mph 2.8 s 3.8 s
20.6km nurburgring time 6:57.0 7:41.0

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.23 lb/hp 7.28 lb/hp
Maximum hp 887 HP @ 8,500 RPM 415 HP @ 7,600 RPM
Maximum torque 944 ft-lb 300 ft-lb @ 7,600 RPM
Max RPM 9,150 RPM 8,400 RPM
Engine placement Mid Rear
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion w/variable power assist

engine

Displacement 4,593 cc 3,598 cc
Cylinders V8 6
Fuels
Electricity
Gas
Valvetrain DOHC Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC)
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,749 lb 3,022 lb
Width 76.4 in 72.9 in
Height 45.9 in 50.4 in
Length 182.8 in 175.8 in
Front track width 65.5 in 58.5 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in 92.7 in
Porsche 918 Spyder
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Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997 Mk1)
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