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This 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder, #449 of just 918 produced, is headed to the 2022 Scottsdale Auction with No Reserve.

 

It’s more laboratory than factory, a former paint shop retooled, repurposed and located diagonally opposite the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen. This is the facility where Porsche builds the 918 Spyder, a hybrid of a different sort. The color white dominates the walls, ceilings and floors, broken only by the two walls on either end and the words of Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche written on the walls: “We are not satisfied with building a sports car that is simply sporty.”

Painted in white over Acid Green, the signature color for Porsche’s hybrid vehicles, this mantra is a reminder that this car doesn’t need to demand attention; it’s already a spectacle, a concentrated bundle of technology woven together by Porsche’s brightest minds. The car had to look great and come with unrivalled technology. What’s more, it needed to be a paragon of efficiency, a model that was forward-looking but above all realistic. It did all that and more.

“The car can do unimaginable things,” said legendary German racing champion and Porsche development driver Walter Röhrl. “I have worked on three Porsche supercars: the 959, the Carrera GT and the 918 Spyder. But the 918 is in a league of its own – it doesn’t represent further development, but rather a leap into the future.”

The 918’s unmistakable profile radiates presence, enough to captivate the eye for hours. Brimming with hypercar character yet unmistakably Porsche, even when stationary the curves and contours make it look as if it was tearing through the air at full tilt. And tear through the air it does. In 2013, the 918 blitzed the 7-minute mark around 13-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife, rounding all 154 corners in 6:57 seconds and setting the automotive publishing world ablaze. The hybrid hypercar had arrived.

Using technology from Porsche’s motorsport division, the 918 is powered by a naturally aspirated 4.6-liter V8 engine derived from the RS Spyder LMP2 race car paired with Porsche’s 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The high-revving flat-plane crank V8 bellows from the signature top-exit exhaust and produces 608hp at 8,700 rpm while working in concert with two electric motors located on both the front and rear axles. The two electric motors produce a combined 282hp, allowing the plug-in hybrid 918 to cruise in all-electric mode at no louder than a whisper. That is, until you open the taps, disappearing into the horizon as the total power output of 887hp and 944 ft/lbs of torque pins you to the carbon-fiber bucket seats and catapults you into tomorrow. So quick is Porsche’s “hybrid” that in an independent test by Car and Driver, the all-wheel drive Porsche hit a 0-60 mph time of 2.2 seconds, ripped through the quarter-mile in 9.8 seconds and reached an overall top speed just shy of 220 mph. Perhaps most astounding, the 918 will return an EPA-rated hybrid equivalent of 67 mpg.

Shedding speed is a non-issue as massive 16.1-inch carbon-ceramic brake rotors that offer the dual benefit of slowing the 3,715-pound hypercar down as well as adding a bit of charge back to the electric motors via regenerative braking. The 918 rides on magnesium wheels wrapped in sticky Michelin rubber, and the wheels measure 20×9.5 inches at the front and 21×12.5 inches at the rear.

Offered with No Reserve at the 2022 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, this 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder is #449 of only 918 produced, and one of the final 2015 918s delivered. Finished in white over a Garnet Red leather interior with silver piping, the 918 presents with 363 actual miles as of this writing. Packaged neatly in the carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque chassis are all the various and assorted luxury trimmings you’d expect from Porsche’s finest: An 11-speaker Burmester surround sound system, full interior carbon-fiber package, front-axle lift system, climate control and wonderfully theatrical “start engine” button found in race-car fashion on the steering wheel.

Developed with the ambition of being the sports car of the future, the Porsche 918 Spyder makes for a wonderful addition to any collection. This 918 sits poised, ready to devour the open road and show the winning bidder just what the future of performance can do.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: MORE THAN A HYPERCAR: The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/2015-porsche-918-spyder-for-sale-no-reserve-2022-scottsdale-auction/
Published Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 16:14:34 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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