The Porsche 918 Spyder is inching closer and closer to sellout status. It’s an incredible achievement, though not entirely surprising. The German automaker’s high-tech hybrid supercar was packaged to be a game-changer in the industry, earning that reputation with an unbridled combination of power, speed and fuel efficiency all wrapped up in one $845,000 package. That price tag might seem steep for a hybrid supercar, but tell that to all those people who bought the 918 Spyder.

Porsche Cars North America Vice President of Marketing Andre Oosthuizen recently told Automotive News that the company’s production of the 918 Spyder will end in July 2015, and the planned production is sold out through April 2015. By his calculation, it means that the 918 Spyder is, in his own words, in “the last and final straight."

Ordering a Porsche 918 Spyder is not just expensive, it’s also extremely complicated. But that didn’t deter buyers from lining up to shell out almost $1 million of their hard-earned money to own one of the fastest and most powerful models Porsche has ever built. Even an early wave of recalls to fix a rear-axle problem couldn’t derail the 918 Spyder’s hot sales numbers. That goes to show how in-demand the car is.

Oosthuizen didn’t say how many 918 Spyder models have yet to be built, but he did say that a vast majority have already been spoken for with more than 30 units already delivered to their owners all over the world.

So it’s only a matter of time before the 918 Spyder is officially classified as sold out. Mission accomplished, indeed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Why it matters

A lot of people knew that Porsche had a market, albeit an exclusive one, for the 918 Spyder. But what was really impressive were the lengths people went to just to place an order. Remember, you can’t just go to a Porsche dealer, tell an agent you want a 918 Spyder, file the paperwork, and then drive the car out of the lot.

First, you need to deposit $200,000 as down payment for your order, then you need to drop another $200,000 a year before the car’s production date. When the car is built, that’s the time you make up the $445,000 difference. That’s Porsche’s payment plan for the 918 Spyder. Take it or leave it.

The fact that it’s close to selling out with that kind of scheme clearly tells you that the 918 Spyder has that the super-wealthy feeding out of its hands.

Porsche 918 Spyder

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder High Resolution Exterior
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The production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, three years after the concept first appeared in public at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. It was a long wait, but it all ended up being worth it and then some.

It really doesn’t get any better than the 918 Spyder, at least as far as Porsche models are concerned. It’s unbridled combination of power, speed and efficiency is unrivaled in Stuttgart.

Powering the 918 Spyder is a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine and an electric motor. This combination of gasoline and electricity produces a staggering 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. Recent performance improvements now allow the 918 Spyder to clear 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 214 mph. And it does all that with a fuel economy rating of 67 MPGe and a CO2 emission rating of 79 g/km.

Source: Automotive News

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