• Jul 12th 2010 at 1:01PM
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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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