At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche surprised us with the 918 Spyder. At the official launch, the company announced that whether or not people showed interest in the car would determine if they built it or not. Well, we think people are interested considering there are almost 900 potential buyers for the 918 Spyder hybrid prototype. Unfortunately, in an interview at the Beijing Auto Show, Wolfgang Duerheimer had said that they expected 1000 orders: "I’m confident that we will soon reach the threshold of 1,000," he said in the April 24 interview. "We need 1,000 seriously interested people to make a sound business case."

The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with an overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite this, the car’s performances are impressive: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.

Of course, apparently, it will take a minimum of 100 more orders for the scales to tip in favor of producing this impressive collaboration of speed and environmental friendliness. Any opinions on this particular predicament? Let us know.


Source: Bloomberg

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  (503) posted on 02.23.2011

Audi has been on a rampage lately. All of their cars are quite desirable (even the Q7!), however, I wonder if the R8s that have caught fire were running with this V10 engine?

  (579) posted on 02.23.2011

Yes do it. Do it without Electric powertrain. I don’t think Porsche cares about staying on top anymore. They only care about the "heritage" of the 911 brand and won’t let the Cayman (or any other superior production model platform) surpass it.

  (858) posted on 02.22.2011

i hope their prediction can come into life. it even out perform the 2.4 mazdaspeed3 on 34MPG..

  (433) posted on 02.22.2011

It is still not fully confirmed by the German company, but if I can find the final price of it, which is the 500,000 euros ($ 630,000 ).

  (377) posted on 04.29.2010

I guess Porsche sent out books to people of possible interest. They want to price it at a higher price than the Carrera GT, and want to build 750, which now seems off. They wants to get one in GT Silver with Ascot/Black interior. If you go to your dealership today you can get an interest book, and put down a 5k deposit.

  (442) posted on 04.28.2010

Count me in as a serious potential customer. I only need to win the lottery then i’m good to go.

  (648) posted on 04.28.2010

Porsche sent out books to people of possible interest, and one of my friends got one. They want to price it at a higher price than the Carrera GT, and want to build 750, which now seems off.

  (868) posted on 04.27.2010

If it really can do what Porsche says it can if/when it hits production, then Porsche should have no problem finding 1000 customers. This is one heck of a car.

  (806) posted on 04.27.2010

Who among in this world will hate it, baby? A way better looking than the Ferrari 599xx.

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