Cars Coming Soon: The $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder

January 24th, 2013

Along with prices for the new Cayman, Panamera and Cayenne, none of which start over $100,000, Porsche has finally released pricing of its new supercar, the 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?

-tgriffith

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  1. notDilbert
    January 28th, 2013 at 09:05 | #1

    Absolutly…….but someone would need to throw in the 6.5 % Sales tax and yearly Excise Tax payments. Porsche will sell each and every one of these (if they have’nt already). The long option list is to help the collector market. ” This car is one of 3 that was equipted with ………” And like a Carrea GT, if you bend it badly enough you can just airfreight to back Stutgart. Some will be become low milage Garage Queens but with that many being made, a number of them will be Track Day Stars ( maybe even race cars) and regually driven in the proper “Drive it like you stole it” manner. …..and like the Carrera GT if it needs transport to one of the select dealers qualified to work on it, you call someone on your staff to bring you a replacementcar from your collection in the enclosed trailer and pick up the broken car. Nobody at that level uses a local flatbed unless they have no other choice.

  2. Randy
    January 25th, 2013 at 06:35 | #2

    I’d be surprised if a car like that doesn’t spend it’s entire life limping back and forth between the repair shop and the owner’s garage. (Unless it’s on the back of a flatbed.)

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