Video: Porsche 918 Spyder makes U.S. debut, goes for a spin

Porsche 918 Spyder driving on U.S. soil

Just days prior to its North American debut at the 60th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Porsche 918 Spyder made its driving debut on a closed road in Monterey California.

The car was shipped over from Germany by plane after engineers handed the keys of the model to Porsche AG Design Chief Michael Mauer.

Check out the video and get some goosebumps after the jump.

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Refresher: Power for the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept comes from a 3.4L mid-mounted V8 making 500-hp. The engine is mated to two electric-motors sitting on the front and rear axle with an additional output of 218-hp. Power is driven to the wheels┬áby Porsche”s 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe PDK transmission, allowing the 918 Spyder Concept to go from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph. Drivers are allowed to choose from four different driving modes including E-Drive, Hybrid,┬áSport Hybrid and Race Hybrid. The E-Drive mode lets the 918 Spyder concept run on pure electricity with a range of 16 miles.

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