918 Porsche Pre-Production Spyder Test Drive [VIDEO]

Now this is a ride we have been waiting to see for a very long time!

Chris Harris – our favorite presenters when it comes to reviewing performance cars – was invited by Porsche to test a pre-production version of the 918 Spyder. Of course, when you receive an invitation like this, you forget the fact that you are not testing the finished car, that there is no time to prepare and that you only get three laps in the driver’s seat; you just take the first plane and go for the quick spin.

porsche 918 spyder plug-in hybrid

image via Porsche

So, what do you think, was Harris impressed by the upcoming 918 Spyder? We bet he was, after all the 918 Spyder is powered by a V-8 engine combined with a pair of electric engines, one powering the front axle and one on the rear.

This system delivers a total of 887 horsepower and 920 pound-feet of torque and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 202 mph.

One of our favorite parts was watching the Porsche rep in the passenger’s seat as Harris whipped the crap out of the Automaker’s £20 million project. It looked like he was on the verge of tears at certain points.

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    • Patrick Carsner

      Awesome! Thanks for the test drive Chris. It is was fun to see the impact the performance of the car had on you. Unfortunately my budget won’t allow one the 918 that will be available. Fortunately I can go back to my 70 911T instead of just dreaming!