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Porsche 918 Spyder Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Say what you will about Porsche, its diversification into four-door sedans and SUVs at the cost of its racing program, and its plot to take over the world. Push come to shove, the German automaker isn't the type to roll out a show car just to raise some eyebrows before relegating it to a museum somewhere – nice as its new museum is. So when Porsche took the wraps off the 918 Spyder concept in Geneva, people took notice.

How many people, and to what extent, exactly? Bloomberg reported back in April – mere weeks after the car's debut – that Porsche had already received expressions of interest from 900 well-heeled folks. Now Bloomberg is back on the record saying that, over the past few months, that number has ballooned to over 2,000.

Having built 1,500 examples of the Carrera GT, Porsche will reportedly put the 918 Spyder into production with 1,000 firm orders in place. So if half those interested parties put their money where their proverbial mouths are, production looks like a distinct possibility. And just as the 918 Spyder is tipped to eclipse the Carrera GT's performance (to say nothing of its environmental credentials), so is the 918 expected to trounce its predecessor's price: at half a million euros (approximately $630,000), the production 918 Spyder would be the most expensive vehicle ever offered by Zuffenhausen.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Bloomberg]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It must be faster than GT2 RS to make sense.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate the wheels...they don't fit the rest of the design. If they make it to production, I bet many buyers swap them out.

      At any rate....a new Porsche model is always something to look forward to.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Remember, this is JUST a concept car. When it makes it into production it will look almost nothing like the concept car, and the wheels WILL be different.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If it makes production it will look just like that save the wheels.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, now that's hot!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Price? Who cares... Just build it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ferrari can stuff it!

      now, tell me WHY did they need to fuse with Volkswagen?????????? :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take the "standard" Carrera GT with its normally aspirated howling V-10.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And you still get half a star for opening your mouth...

        Stop hating things so much.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Get a life. I wasn't hating anything. I said I prefer the Carrera. How am I "hating"? And again, I could care less about the little star system. I'm don't comment to impress.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Same price point as the gt? Great that's what I've been saying since the get go. Just build it to the Eco and performance hype ur building
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree with Doug.

      The wheels would look cool withouth that white plastic all over.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Its a Porsche. I'm sure they'll provide a million ways to customize your wheels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        almost certainly for cooling
        keep in mind that there are brakes and a very powerful electric motor/generator in there and it all needs to be kept cool
        • 4 Years Ago
        I assure you if it were there for shipping they would have taken them off before taking professional photos of it for publicity purposes. They're there because they are supposed to be there. Porsche put them there, it's their fault they're there.

        Yes, I wrote that last sentence because I wanted to use the "there/their/they're" homonym a lot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I totally appreciate the conviction of your (not you're) assurance. But I'm still not convinced. Perhaps AB could devote a story on just what the heck those frisbee looking things are and how they're relevant to the performance/look to an otherwise awesome car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they are there to increase efficiency, kind of like wheel spats. They may also funnel air in to cool the brakes.

        Regardless, so you really think Porsche would put something THAT ungainly on their hypercar unless it was completely functional?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah RG, that's what I'm talking about!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW may want to take a hard look at the Volt and how it does (even though it has a different profile / target).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche can make as many SUVs as they want so long as they churn out beasts like this.
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