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Jay Leno test drives the Porsche 918 Spyder [video]

Costs $845,000

The Porsche 918 Spyder is inching closer to production and Jay Leno recently got to test drive the model at Pebble Beach.

While the clip doesn't reveal too much, it shows the surprising and loud transition that occurs when the petrol engine kicks in.

As we have previously reported, the 918 Spyder has a mid-mounted 4.6-liter V8 engine, two electric motors and a 6.8 kWh lithium-ion battery. The engine produces 608 HP (447 kW) and 530 Nm (391 lb-ft) of torque, while the motors contribute 156 HP (115 kW) and 129 HP (95 kW). All told, the car has combined maximum output of 887 HP (661 kW) and more than 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

In terms of performance, the 918 Spyder can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 2.8 seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 340 km/h (211 mph). Despite the impressive numbers, the car is relatively frugal as it averages approximately 3.3 L/100km (85.6 mpg UK / 71.2 mpg US) and has CO2 emissions of roughly 79 g/km.

Interestingly, 918 Spyder Project Head Frank Walliser revealed the model will only be able to 10-16 miles (16-25.7 km) on electricity alone as a opposed to previous estimates of 18.6 miles (30 km).

 

Source: YouTube via Motor Authority

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Comments (29)

 mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
Damn, I bet that car is a f***ing bullet! Beautiful. V8 carbon fiber Porsche...*drools* *is afflicted with priapism*
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September 7, 2013 2:28 pm
 JayHaddad JayHaddad
STILL INCHING CLOSER TO PRODUCTION???
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September 1, 2013 11:03 am
 Aesthetics Aesthetics
german's love their cars, work hard for them, get paid and are geniuses at it
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September 1, 2013 8:38 am
 maloparac maloparac
I know much more about cars, but they never call me for test drives
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August 31, 2013 5:32 pm
 Chris Chris
mikemikemikemikehttp and trapezius Think again As the Head of 918 is German and a German pound is heavier than the American or British pound. To be exact 1 German pound Equals 1.1023 American Pounds. In weight the 918 is 3261 German pounds or 3595 American pounds. So It depends from where you come from as he is German he is correct in saying the car is a little bit heavier than 3200 pounds.
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August 31, 2013 8:38 am
 ErtahazHossain ErtahazHossain
That exhaust note - Pure eargasm!
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August 31, 2013 8:04 am
 Rotaermel Rotaermel
To say that thing runs with 3,3 L is like to say that Usain Bolt can stay alive three days without water. For sure he can, but not if he is forced to run his record times.
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August 31, 2013 7:59 am
 GRAVE GRAVE
Great car with great performance, but I still think that front does not look like a hyper car. Looks more suitable for a Boxster or Cayman than a 918
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August 31, 2013 5:29 am
 mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
1634 kg = ~3594lbs
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August 31, 2013 4:52 am
 mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
Why no turbo?
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August 31, 2013 4:50 am
 trapezius trapezius
Frank said 45 mpg US and 70 mpg Europe, so why has it always said "85.6 mpg UK / 71.2 mpg US" on this and other websites since forever, including on this page? And if you think about it, 71 mpg US is ridiculous... LOL this is not a Prius! More to the point, 45 mpg for a hypercar is beyond awesome. And, LOL at Frank not being able to convert kg to lb. He said 1,6xx kg and that is "little bit more than" 3,200 lbs. Well, the conversion factor is 2.2, not 2. So taking 1,600 kg, that's 3,200+320 lb, which is about 3,500 lb, and you can't approximate 3,500 lb with 3,200 lb... significant difference! And if you want to be accurate, 1,634 kg = 3,595 lb, so basically it weighs 3,600 lb. And I would have thought that if you are the head of the car, you would know basic stats about it in both systems by heart (he also didnt know what the torque was in lb-ft). And why couldn't Leno convert kg to lb? Anybody into cars or similar things should be able to convert kg to lb within seconds. That exhaust sound was orgasmic!
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August 30, 2013 8:59 pm
 MiguelAnge MiguelAnge
3.3L is just in theory. Mst part of time the V8 will be on and consumption 5 times more than that. Time to stop fooling people with such incredible vales. Who could think two seconds that the driver will use a style fitting with the best hypothetic case?!!!!
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August 30, 2013 8:38 pm
 benzboy benzboy
yes this car is amazing, always thought it was. But still think its overpriced. however since seeing in action, I hope and pray it comes with earplugs, god that car is loud!~!!!!LOL
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August 30, 2013 6:53 pm
 Paulds Paulds
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August 30, 2013 5:36 pm
 SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
DAT EXHAUST SOUND
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August 30, 2013 5:32 pm