• Apr 26, 2010
Porsche 918 Spyder Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

It sounds as if Porsche may be dangerously close to crafting a solid business case to build the fast and frugal 918 Spyder. After stealing the show in Geneva, it was revealed that the German automaker was seriously interested in bringing the hybrid supercar concept to market, if only it were able to find enough applicants willing to plunk down their hard-earned cash.

According to Bloomberg, Porsche has recorded nearly 900 potential buyers for the 918 Spyder. Wolfgang Duerheimer, development chief for Porsche, said in an interview, "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."

Don't doubt that Porsche will put such a low-volume halo car into production, either. Nearly a decade ago, the automaker employed a similar tactic with its Carrera GT, which began life as a racing car prototype but was eventually offered for public sale after sufficient interest was generated. We've said it before and we'll say it again – Porsche: build it and they will come.



[Source: Bloomberg]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear people with substantially more money than me,

      Call Porsche. Right now. Seriously.

      Thanks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +100
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol, we NEED this to be built so we can experience it a CNC :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I could afford one i'd pick one up over the new Ferrari 458, Mclaren mp4 or Mercedes sls.

      Just something about it that makes me want it so bad.

      Maybe it's the rims.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think this will be a $500k car, it's not or, it's and.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just the rims, or the whole wheel?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is good news. If companies that make real performace cars start making kick-ass hybrids, then eventually we will have affordable hybids that kick ass, too.


      The Carrera GT is still one of the easiest cars to lust after in the world.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder how much they will sell this car for? I'm guessing $500,000 USD. That's a nice round number and it would make sense for the exclusivity of the vehicle. if they can sell a limited edition duck tail 911 for $200,000 in the UK then this thing car pull in $500,000 USD or more.

        If I had the money I'd definitely be in line for one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Carrera GT retailed for $440,000. This would probably be marketed as the same type of car in terms of market segment, so something aroung $450,000-$500,000 wouldn't surprise me. I would also agree the Carrera GT is still one of the most beautiful cars out there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Carrera GT = Pure Automotive Pornography
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they change out the wheels before production. Those things look like they're off of a Jag XJ220....
      • 4 Years Ago
      they estimate 0-62 in 3.2 seconds, but this being a Porsche i expect it will to do 0-60 in sub 3 seconds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Un grand peuple, les Allemands." (A great people, the Germans)

      Charles de Gaulle
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car will be a beast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Every time I see this car I can't help but think of the XJ220.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha what? Unbelievable ground-breaking tech fest with beautiful body Vs. Unbelievable ground-breaking disappointment with beautiful body.

        Oh, ok, I see the similarity.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gates, Leno and Seinfeld ....there are three of your buyers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        then there's that Arab guy who buys 10 for his family :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        When the original Porsche 959 came out, it was not approved and was not going to be approved for the US. Bill Gates and Paul Allen were so determined to each get one that they were willing to buy one for the Feds to CRASH TEST. Yes, he is a car geek too.

        From Wiki: The "Gates 959" is an infamous car,one of the Porsche 959s built in the mid-eighties, that was imported by Bill Gates to the US in 1987. Paul Allen imported another one, as did Porsche collector Jerry Seinfeld. These cars had not been approved by regulators and had no United States Department of Transportation‎ and United States Environmental Protection Agency‎ approval. The "Gates 959" was stored for 13 years by the US Customs at the Port of Seattle, until regulations were changed to allow "Autos of Interest" to be imported with severe limitations on their use Gates and Allen both helped pass the "Show and Display" law
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was never one to be a huge fan of Porsches because they always seem to look the same every year, but I have to say that this is a pretty sexy car. Never thought I'd ever see a Porsche 4 door.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oops... was commenting on the 918 and still had the Panamera on my mind.

        918... sexxxxxxyyyyyyy
        Panamera.... hot 4 door
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure why Porsche rejected my $5 downpayment. I am good for the rest, I swear...

      ..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonderful, Porsche/VAG have quite a few neat little tricks up their sleeves for the next couple years, Can't wait to see this on the streets, easily the most amazing super car since the Mclaren F1, bar none.
        • 4 Years Ago
        As long as the lose the hybrid, I'm game.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, the hybrid part of this car is greenwashing and boring. Pull that stuff and put some real wheels on this baby.
        • 4 Years Ago
        then it's pointless, and you can't afford one so it doesnt matter. the point is, build it as is, give the owner the chance to kick ass on the track or sip fuel on the way to lunch down rodeo or prospect, and you've created the ultimate hypercar a solid decade ahead of the competition.
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