Friday, 8 May 2015

918 Spyder vs. Aventador

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

OK, here we have two supercars. Similar in intent, in that they offer otherworldly levels of performance, defying physics in the angriest way as they pursue their quest to doggedly destroy as many hydrocarbons as possible. But aside from this ideological similarity, they couldn't be more different...

On the one hand, we have a glimpse of the future. The Porsche 918 Spyder is part of a modern movement that's repositioning the term 'hybrid'; it no longer simply refers to self-important Prius drivers, but has tantalisingly shifted into the area of harnessing electrical power in addition to good old internal combustion for reasons of outright performance rather than economy. (That economy exponentially improves [depending on heaviness of foot] is merely a happy by-product.) The 918 mates a 608bhp 4.6-litre V8 with a pair of electric motors delivering an additional 279bhp - so that's 887bhp all-in - to enable it to accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.2 seconds, 0-120mph in 7.2s, and hit a top whack of 210mph. These are eye-watering, gobsmacking figures.

On the other hand, we have the last bastion of the old guard. The Lamborghini Aventador represents everything that supercars have always stood for, refined for the 21st century. It's got a sodding great, naturally-aspirated V12, a bigger backside than all of the Kardashians combined, and an aggressive face that terrifies children. There's no new-fangled electrickery here, simply brute force: the 6.5-litre V12 kicks out 690bhp, allowing the triangle-centric spaceship to hit 60mph in 2.6 seconds, reach 120mph in eight seconds dead, and go on to a bowel-loosening 230mph.

Two entirely different approaches then, but both sitting on an almost level playing field. So, which one would you choose...?

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