Sharapova arrives in style in Porsche 918

June 20, 2014 | By | In News

The 128th Wimbledon Tennis Championship kicks off next week, with players arriving from all over the world, intensely focused on glory at the All England Club.

Russian tennis pro Maria Sharapova, on the other hand, is taking a much more relaxed approach to proceedings, arriving in style to a pre-tournament party in Porsche’s brand new hybrid hypercar, the 918 Spyder.

A suitably fast car for someone with a 100mph forehand, the 918 Spyder is capable of getting from 0-60mph in a scant 2.5 seconds and doesn’t stop accelerating until the speedo reads 214mph.

However, despite this rampant turn of speed, and its powerful 4.6-litre race-derived V8 engine, the 875bhp, £652,000 918 is exempt from the London congestion charge thanks to CO2 emissions of just 72g/km.

“To be in the fastest Porsche with a racing driver like Mark is amazing. And it’s great too to be driving in a city like London running only on electric power – it’s an unbelievable car!”

That impressive figure is thanks to the car’s plug-in hybrid technology, which allows it to be driven on emissions-free battery power alone for up to 18 miles.

Such a special car requires a special driver and thankfully Sharapova had one at hand in the form of ex-F1 and current Porsche Works driver Mark Webber, who arrived looking the part in a chauffeur’s outfit.

“What a fantastic way to arrive at the party!” Sharapova said.

“To be in the fastest Porsche with a racing driver like Mark is amazing. And it’s great too to be driving in a city like London running only on electric power – it’s an unbelievable car!”

Webber was equally impressed by the car, commenting: “Having just driven the Porsche 919 Hybrid race car at Le Mans last weekend, I already know that this technology can produce incredible results. The 918 Spyder is the closest thing to a road-going version, and it’s just as amazing – especially as it can be driven into London for free. And of course it’s great fun to drive Maria around in it!”

Unfortunately all 918 examples of the 918 Spyder have already been sold. However, don't despair – you can always search Motors.co.uk to find your perfect Porsche.

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