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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mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
Damn, I bet that car is a f***ing bullet! Beautiful. V8 carbon fiber Porsche...*drools* *is afflicted with priapism*
Sep 7th, 2013 9:28pm
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JayHaddad JayHaddad
Sep 1st, 2013 6:03pm
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
german's love their cars, work hard for them, get paid and are geniuses at it
Sep 1st, 2013 3:38pm
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maloparac maloparac
I know much more about cars, but they never call me for test drives
Sep 1st, 2013 12:32am
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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.
Aug 31st, 2013 3:38pm
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trapezius trapezius
Are you referring to the "metric pound", which is exactly 500 grams? In that case, you just double the mass in kg to get pounds. However, 1) Jay Leno is American and he was obviously interested to know the weight in imperial pounds, and so would be the rest of America. 2) No one cares about the weight of a car in metric pounds because car masses are always reported either in kg or in imperial pounds, even in official catalogs. 3) And MOST importantly, metric pounds are hardly used anywhere in the world for anything, let alone for cars, and definitely not in Germany for any public use.
Sep 1st, 2013 1:51am
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mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
Thx bro. I was wondering how a guy like that could make such an obvious mistake.
Sep 2nd, 2013 6:16am
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ErtahazHossain ErtahazHossain
That exhaust note - Pure eargasm!
Aug 31st, 2013 3:04pm
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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.
Aug 31st, 2013 2:59pm
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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
Aug 31st, 2013 12:29pm
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mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
1634 kg = ~3594lbs
Aug 31st, 2013 11:52am
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mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
Why no turbo?
Aug 31st, 2013 11:50am
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
because they've got better taste
Sep 1st, 2013 3:36pm
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mikemikemikemike mikemikemikemike
"because they have better taste". Riiiiiggggghhhhtttt, Porsche is not known for having turbos
Sep 7th, 2013 9:34pm
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
well, Carrera gt had no turbo, gt3, gt3 rs, no turbo. Porsche finest don't have turbo except their race cars..just saying
Sep 17th, 2013 7:09pm
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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!
Aug 31st, 2013 3:59am
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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.
Aug 31st, 2013 3:41pm
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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?!!!!
Aug 31st, 2013 3:38am
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HelmydeMeester HelmydeMeester
As if the car brands are responsible for the ''fooling''. They just do whatever is optimal for thém and for marketing, and that all comes down to how the fuelconsumption is tested. You want real values? Go change the way all those organisations do fueleconomy tests. Carbrands just do the tests as they are told to.
Sep 2nd, 2013 9:37am
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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
Aug 31st, 2013 1:53am
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Paulds Paulds
Don`t get me wrong, this is a beautiful car, but YES it is overpriced, specially the cars you could get for early $1M!
Aug 31st, 2013 2:00am
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EdBacau EdBacau
This car is expensive, but it's not overpriced. Porsche barely makes any profit off this car, if any profits at all. Not all car companies can afford to sell cars cheaper than their production costs, like VW with the Veyron or Toyota with the LFA.
Aug 31st, 2013 10:40am
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Paulds Paulds
For those who said this car cant compare with no other car, just some articles: http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/ferrari-laferrari-vs-mclaren-p1-vs-porsche-918-spyder-geneva-2013-03-06 http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/News/Search-Results/Industry-News/Porsches-918-doesnt-need-to-chase-Ferrari-and-McLaren-says-supercar-project-manager/ http://www.evo.co.uk/carreviews/evocarreviews/289507/2013_porsche_918_spyder_review.html
Aug 31st, 2013 12:36am
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EdBacau EdBacau
The McLaren and stupidnameFerrari are focused entirely on performance, while the 918 is a study about performance and fuel economy. Just because some magazines try to compare apples with oranges, doesn't make them the same fruits.
Aug 31st, 2013 1:22am
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Paulds Paulds
A study about fuel economy that just cost you $845 thousand... yeah, you are right! It is a good slogan for those who want to buy it!
Aug 31st, 2013 1:33am
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EdBacau EdBacau
That's why it's a study, all new technologies are expensive, but they eventually make their way into mainstream products.
Aug 31st, 2013 1:38am
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McLaren1 McLaren1
Auto journalists (top gear is entertainment not journalism) will compare anything to anything. The more comparisons the more profits. I think it was auto car that compared a GTR to a RS6 just because they both have 4wd. The 918 is a hybrid. The La and the P1 have KERS systems. The 918 is also not overpriced considering that it is the most technologically advanced car on the market.
Aug 31st, 2013 10:44am
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
Aug 31st, 2013 12:32am
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Naturally Aspirated Naturally Aspirated
N/A engines always shout out loud :)
Aug 31st, 2013 2:51pm
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