In the age of the Taycan, the Porsche 918 Spyder is aging gracefully

But let’s go back to the end of 2013. The Porsche 918 Spyder has just launched, and the specs are incredible. The engine, a 4.6-liter naturally aspirated V8, sits between the axles and produces a peak 600 hp at 8,700 rpm. That’s before getting help from a parallel electric motor system, which elevates peak output to 875 hp. Both axles receive power, but without a driveshaft sending it forward: At the front is another electric motor.
Porsche built the structure of the 918 with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. Despite carrying a 6.8-kWh battery pack, the car weighs less than 3,700 pounds. And, yes, you can putz around on electricity alone for about 15 miles. With the V8 screaming alongside, the 918 will reach 60 mph from rest in 2.5 seconds, pulling is about 1.1 gs of acceleration, which is faster than falling. 
These specs, while impressive, are also old. And even the impressive performance would be pointless if driving the car felt like you’re playing a computer game. What I always wondered about the 918 was, does the car have soul? In a word, yes! Oh my, yes it does.
While the 918 entered the market as one of three mega-hypercars in existence (alongside the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari) with a nearly $1 million price tag, it sat alone as the approachable one. The 918 Spyder feels much like any other Porsche, only sharper, and quicker and faster. The experience is akin to a dream in that the sensations and emotions you feel while driving are familiar, but heightened to a level you’ve only ever imagined. 
And I’m quite happy to report, this is definitely not one of those occasions where reality is a letdown compared to the fantasy.