Automotive News and Articles


The 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder Is The Most Expensive Optional Extra

Mechanically there's nothing special about the Porsche 911 Turbo S 'Edition 918 Spyder'. There's no hybrid trickery, no electric motors, and certainly no 887-horsepower output. Its turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six squeezes out 523 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Power runs through a 7-speed PDK transmission into an all-wheel-drive system allowing a zero-to-60 mph in 2.6 seconds. And the 19-inch centerlock wheels use 235/35 R19 with 305/30 R19 Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires. It was quickly glanced over as 'the car that could be ordered with the 918 Spyder', but today it's more appreciable when it's no longer overshadowed by its partially electric supersibling.

Old rumors the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyders were built solely to satisfy customers who were impatiently waiting for the 918 Spyder are false. Clients did receive the 911 before the 918, but orders were placed in March of 2011 long before any kind of delays were announced. The $160,000 add on was meant to bring a bit of excitement and exclusivity to the ordering process in addition to helping Porsche clear out any remaining 997 inventory before the 2012 Porsche 991 takes its place. That's why these Turbo S Edition 918 models were some of the last 997.2 models to ever sold.

Clients were given the choice between a Coupe or Cabriolet body style in addition to colors matching the ordered 918. If a color wasn't specified the default is black paint with acid green accents. This example is numbered 92 out of 918, and it features carbon-ceramic brakes, Sport Chrono pack, leather interior, adaptive sport seats, and centerlock wheels. The previous owner installed an aftermarket exhaust, ECU tuner, and front clear bra. It's currently listed on auction at with 16,000 miles. 

To some Porsche fans, this car doesn't deserve its premium. While it's true the 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder is limited in production, the car it's based on is not. It also has a name that stumbles out the tongue rather than roll off. We say it's a supercar with an interesting story, and that's worth the premium on its own.