Cars Coming Soon: The $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder
As given away in the headline, the 795-hp hybrid hypercar will carry a price in the U.S. of $845,000. But that’s not even the whole story.
In proper Porsche fashion, the options list carries ridiculously priced packages that cost more than an optioned-out Cayman. I mean, really, what’s a Porsche supercar without an $84,000 options package?
To refresh your memory, the 918 Spyder is perhaps the most technologically advanced car ever built. Motor Trend has a nice summary of the entire thing, but I’ll quote one sentence here and you’ll get the idea:
The 918 has a total of 55 different computers sending signals through nearly four miles of wiring.
The car uses a 580-hp V8 engine and a 125-hp electric motor mounted in the rear, along with a 115-hp electric motor up front.
That all makes $845,000 seem like a pretty smart buy. But then there’s that expensive option: The $84,000 Weissach package, which upgrades the “base” vehicle by dropping about 80 pounds from its curb weight. That means the addition of lighter-weight carbon fiber pieces and magnesium wheels, while flame-resistant upholstery, racing seatbelts and aerodynamic bits add to the car’s racing pedigree.
It seems to me that a car that costs almost a million dollars should just include everything. No options, no additional packages. A car of this caliber should showcase everything a carmaker can do, then filter those technologies into other vehicles as expensive options.
That will happen in time, no doubt, as the 918 Spyder is as much a test-bed of new technology as it is the premier flagship of the Porsche brand.
Even if I had the cash, I don’t think I’d spend a million dollars on this car. I’d rather drop $70K on a Boxster, maybe get one for someone special, too, and fully enjoy the cars.
For a million dollars, would you buy one hyper car, or fill your garage up with less-expensive metal?