Porsche confident about selling out 918 Spyder after September rollout

Article by Anita Panait, on May 7, 2013

The soon-to-be-launched Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar will be sold out once customers are given the chance to test-drive it, according to Wolfgang Hatz, head of the carmaker’s R&D. Hatz remarked during the Shanghai motor show that several customers have already expressed interest in acquiring the very expensive Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar.

He quipped that the hypercar’s high price point means that customer would want to drive it first before deciding to buy it. The Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar carries a price of around £672,000.

Hatz said that as soon as the first 918 Spyders are ready, customers can drive them. He expressed confidence that Porsche will be able to sell all examples, noting that the carmaker has sold more 918s than it had at the same point in the launch process with the Carrera GT. Currently, the only 918s running are prototypes.

Hatz said that due to the experimental nature of the hypercars and the extreme technologies involved, he cannot risk allowing any outsider to drive one before the carmaker builds the first pre-production cars, just prior to its September launch. He noted that it was wrong to compare the 918 Spyder to other hypercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1.

The Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar is powered by a V8 hybrid powertrain that features two electric motors. The hypercar can cruise at high speeds on electric power alone. Its lithium ion batteries can also be charged from a domestic socket. According to Porsche, the 918 Spyder could accelerate from zero to 62mph in just 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 199mph. It will return 94mpg and emit 70g/km of carbon dioxide.

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