Road Tests Real world tests of Carrera GT vs 918 Spyder

0-60mph

Carrera GT
3.9 s
918 Spyder
2.8 s
Minimizing weight through the use of exotic materials is the best means of maximizing performance and fuel efficiency without compromise.
918 Spyder | by Car and Driver (May, 2013)

Top speed

Carrera GT
205 mph
918 Spyder
214 mph
Electric brake boosters sense the generators’ braking contribution to modulate hydraulic pressure, resulting in an impressively seamless blend of friction and regenerative braking.
918 Spyder | by Car and Driver (May, 2013)

Nurburgring time

Carrera GT
7:28.0
918 Spyder
6:57.0
A controller sets the movable devices in one of three positions to minimize drag, balance drag and downforce, or maximize downforce during track runs.
918 Spyder | by Car and Driver (May, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Porsche Carrera GT

Reasons to consider the
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Lighter curb weight 3,042 lb vs 3,749 lb Around 20% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Bigger engine 5,733 cc vs 4,593 cc Around 25% bigger engine
Front view of Porsche 918 Spyder

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 918 Spyder

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Significantly more torque 944 ft-lb vs 590 ft-lb @ 5,750 RPM 60% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Way more more powerful engine 887 HP @ 8,500 RPM vs 612 HP @ 8,000 RPM Around 45% stronger engine
Way more expensive sticker price $1.006M vs $440k More than 2.2x more expensive harder to own
Faster to 60mph 2.8 s vs 3.9 s Around 30% faster to 60mph
Faster top speed 214 mph vs 205 mph 9 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Higher redline 9,150 RPM vs 8,400 RPM Around 10% more revs
Great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring 6:57.0 vs 7:28.0 More than 5% great lap time on the 20.6km Nurburgring
Faster to 200kph 7.9 s vs 9.9 s More than 20% faster to 200kph

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Carrera GT  vs
918 Spyder 
Brand Porsche Porsche
Price 440,000 1,006,114
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2003-2007 2013
Highway mileage 20 MPG 85 MPGe
Number built 1,270 918

design

Chief designer Harm Lagaay Michael Mauer
Body style 2-door roadster sports car
Top type Hard removable Hard removable

transmission

Drivetrain 2WD 4WD
Shift system Manual Semi-automatic
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7
Gear ratios
1: 3.2:1
2: 1.87:1
3: 1.36:1
4: 1.07:1
5: 0.9:1
6: 0.75:1
7: 0.67:1
R: 3.09:1

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Porsche 15 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs 16 in Disc
Rear brakes Porsche 15 in Cross-drilled Ventilated Discs 15.4 in Disc
Front wheels 265/35 19 265/35 241
Rear wheels 335/30 20 325/30 318

road tests

Carrera GT  vs
918 Spyder 
Top speed 205 mph 214 mph
0-60mph 3.9 s 2.8 s
0-200kph 9.9 s 7.9 s
20.6km nurburgring time 7:28.0 6:57.0

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 4.97 lb/hp 4.23 lb/hp
Maximum hp 612 HP @ 8,000 RPM 887 HP @ 8,500 RPM
Maximum torque 590 ft-lb @ 5,750 RPM 944 ft-lb
Max RPM 8,400 RPM 9,150 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 5,733 cc 4,593 cc
Cylinders V10 V8
Fuels
Gas
Electricity
Valvetrain Dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,042 lb 3,749 lb
Width 75.6 in 76.4 in
Height 45.7 in 45.9 in
Length 181.5 in 182.8 in
Front track width 63.5 in 65.5 in
Wheelbase 107.5 in 107.5 in
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