Just because he's a famous celebrity doesn't mean Jay Leno got to take it easy at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance earlier this month. Having already spent some time with the gorgeous Cadillac Elmiraj Concept and Ed Welburn for a recent episode of Jay Leno's Garage, the late night talk show host also got to put a few miles on a prototype version of the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Like a usual episode of JLG, Leno first goes over the details of the car with Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder's development, before taking it out for spin. Check out the full episode, which is posted below, to hear what Walliser has to say about the car. More importantly, though, crank up your computer's volume and let the car's high-revving engine and amazing exhaust note do plenty of talking for itself.


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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish people did not judge Jay so harshly he loves to dissect cars when he comes into contact with one especially new models, you can just see it in his body language. He treats the cars like women he is merely obsessed and undressing them in his mind. He does not just own many cars he works on them along with his team and has the fortune of driving multi generations of various vehicles so he knows his stuff even random details you would not think of.
        Ian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Cruising
        It does seem like he's timid when it comes to opening up the car on the road. Maybe he's just not into going fast.
          Jamie Houk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ian
          He also has to worry about running into the camera vehicle. Not to mention that the traffic looked dense in many of the shots. It is not like he was on a lonely back road all by himself. Left to his own devices on a clear road I am sure he would wring it out thoroughly.
      Agent55
      • 1 Year Ago
      Truly impressive supercar. While I'm not one for hybrids, it's amazing how that thing transforms from shrieking V8 to silent and obedient runabout in a heartbeat. Leno's a legit gearhead, all of his inquiries are spot-on, the same questions I'd be asking.
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      400 newton meters=295 ft lbf
        CarMaven
        • 1 Year Ago
        @budwsr25
        That's only the rear electric engine though. The front electric, has about 250 lb ft or torque, for a total of 550 ft lbs by the electrics alone. Combined with the gas engine, it's 940 ftlbs peak (or approx 1275 NM).
          CarMaven
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          Sorry, I meant "550 ft/lbs of torque from the electric engines on my last post. Of course, the full system Torque is 940 ft/lbs. Remember, the gasoline engine peaks at 390 ft/lbs
          chrismcfreely
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          Those don't combine with simple addition like that.
          CarMaven
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          @Chrismcfeely Maybe. But the combined electric motors still produce more than 295 ft lbs of torque. The system torque for all engines are 940 ft lbs at peak. And 590 ft lbs. minimum. Remember, the peak output of the gasoline engine is 390 ft lbs of torque. You figure it out.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Listening to that engine cut in and out is going to get annoying. $800k for a crippled supercar that pretends to be a Prius? I'll take 458 Italia or an Aventador first.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds absolutely stupid with that automatic transmission. Give me the Carerra GT any day.
      Michael D. Mitchell
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's too bad Jay didn't have a good opportunity to really open the car up... that V8 would sound great screaming along a good straightaway.
      sundell131313
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds reeediculous. but practically speaking, having the exhaust 2 feet from your head porsche better throw in some earplugs with the car. i can imagine it would get uncomfortable for long drives.
        CarMaven
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sundell131313
        I thought about the same thing. But I guess that's why you can place it in silent (no ICE), or the more pedestrian Hybrid mode. And I guess as long as you don't floor it (and take the top off), you won't hear it as much. Shrugs/LOL
          Bernard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CarMaven
          10 miles on battery won't get you far.
      Robert Fahey
      • 1 Year Ago
      Leno's head is starting to resemble Easter Island. Not the statues. I mean the entire island. But regarding the car, it's nice and squat -- the way exotic cars should be. (Even Ferraris are getting to tall for my taste) But that rear end is too busy. Cleaner is better.
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      They talked about the flat crank but not the four wheel steering? Get it together Jay, get it together.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      i really like this guy....and the car is beyond words. my new dream car no. 1.
      Trent
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love Jay and love Porsche.
      Titansfan1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is an incredible looking car.
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