It really makes no difference to me whether Porsche ever builds its super-sexy, super-fast, super-frugal 918 Spyder concept or not.
A journalism degree and writing career aren’t exactly the best ways to put myself in the position to plunk down at least a half-mil on anything… much less a car.
Even though I’ll likely never own one, I really want Porsche to build the car that stole the show in Geneva earlier this year, just so I’ll continue to have the privilege of writing about it and the potential to see one cruising the highways and backroads of L.A.
Just how close is Porsche to pulling the trigger and unleashing this beast on the world? Keep reading for more.
Porsche claims the 918 Spyder, which is powered by a 500-horsepower V8 with electric motors on the front and rear axles, has a total power output of 718 horsepower and can achieve 78 miles per gallon of gas.
Now it is being reported that Porsche is 900 people closer to making the 918 Spyder a reality. In an interview with Bloomberg, Porsche development chief Wolfgang Duerheimer said,
“I’m confident that we will soon reach the threshold of 1,000,” he said in an April 24 interview. “We need 1,000 seriously interested people to make a sound business case.”
I think Porsche is well aware that even if it built 2,000, the 918 Spyder would be a low-volume halo car that would sell out fast. Over the years, the technology it uses would filter down and become available in more affordable cars.
It’s a can’t-lose situation for the boys in Stuttgart. Now all we need are 100 more of you to officially express your interest in buying one, so the rest of us can sit back and anxiously keep our eyes peeled for the production version.
Whether you have the money or not, what makes you interested in the Porsche 918 Spyder?