Porsche 918 Spyder Sold Out, but a Successor is in the Works
Well, that’s it folks. The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder has officially sold out. If you’re still wishing to find one under the Christmas tree in a few weeks, well, you’re out of luck. Volkswagen AG, Porsche’s parent company, issued a statement saying that all 918 Spyder models have been sold with the last model getting scooped up in mid-November 2014.
Volkswagen also announced that the U.S. accounted for a majority of the hybrid supercar’s sales. Of the 918 examples of the 918 Spyder, 297 were purchased Stateside while Germany and China accounted for 100 units apiece.
The sold out status of the 918 Spyder also means that Porsche can now join Ferrari and McLaren as having sold out all of its hybrid hypercars. Ferrari sold out all 499 models of the LaFerrari as soon as it was launched with all 375 McLaren P1s selling out a few months after its own launch. It may have taken a little longer for the 918 Spyder to achieve sold-out status, but it’s completely understandable considering that Porsche had almost twice as many units of the 918 Spyder to sell than the LaFerrari.
As Porsche now closes the chapter to one of its most important vehicles, the company’s head of research and development, Wolfgang Hatz, confirmed to Autocar that a successor to the 918 Spyder will follow. He didn’t lay out the specific details of Porsche’s plan, but he did indicate that the technology Porsche learned in developing the 918 Spyder will serve it well as it begins laying the ground for the eventual successor of the hybrid supercar. Hatz was also effusive on the successor’s timeline, opting only to say that a successor won’t come “immediately," nor will it take Porsche “20 years” to build it.
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Why it matters
We knew it would only be a matter of time before the Porsche 918 Spyder sold out. Now that it has, Porsche can look back and deem the 918 Spyder as a rip-roaring success and largely credit it as the model that ushered a new wave of technological innovation.
Hatz even threw out the word “blueprint," which in some ways is an appropriate description of the long-term effects the 918 Spyder will have on a new generation of Porsche engineers who earned their wings developing a car. It’s unlikely that we’ll feel these advancements today, but when the time comes wherein Porsche is ready to develop the successor to the 918 Spyder, it can do so knowing that it now has experience and technical know-how on its side.
The Porsche 918 Spyder will go down in history as one of the most iconic Porsche models ever. It may not reach the same lofty status as the 911, but rest assured, people will be talking about the 918 Spyder for generations to come.
It’s not a coincidence that since making its production debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 918 Spyder has turned in one of the most memorable one-year runs of any Porsche model in recent history, selling out in less than a year despite carrying a staggering $845,000 price tag.
That much money is reserved for cars that can reinvent the way we look at a specific segment. The 918 Spyder, together with the Ferrari LaFerrari and the McLaren P1, has accomplished that goal, thanks to its uncompromising mix of state-of-the-art technology and a revolutionary hybrid powertrain that can produce 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque, a 0-to-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds, and a top speed of 214 mph.