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Harris Drives Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche invites Harris to Leipzig where he gets three laps with the hypercar and discovers output is close to 900 horsepower.

Porsche is getting close with finalizing the 918 Spyder. Output figures have now been confirmed: the 4.6-liter V8 is rated at 608 hp, with electric boost bringing it up to 887. There are also some claimed performance figures: 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds, 0-124 mph in 7.9 seconds, and 0-186 mph in 23 seconds flat. Impressive, yes, but compared to its closest rivals - the P1 and LaFerrari - it comes a distant third, with the British and Italian supercar-makers claiming 0-124 mph in less than 7 seconds, and 0-186 mph in 17 and 15 seconds, respectively.

Chris Harris was given three laps with the prototype before some one-on-one time with project leader Frank Walliser, of whom he asks whether Porsche thinks it can sell 918 units of its 887hp hybrid hypercar. As with previous reports, he is confident that demand will easily exceed supply. The car is that special.

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