The gents on the Rennteam forum have come upon unofficial pricing for the Porsche 918 Spyder. By now, in view of the prices of barrier-crushing, hybrid exotics and since we've already talked about Porsche considering a mid-engined supercar priced between the 911 and the 918, the 768,026 euro ($997,585 US) price to join the 918 Spyder club shouldn't be all that surprising.

Also not surprising? Having seen the options list for a traditional Porsche, ticking the 918's options boxes is a way to send the adding machine to infinity and beyond. Adding the Weissach Package takes the price to 839,426 euro ($1.09M US), a combination of other a la carte options such as coating the car in foil instead of paint (11,900 euro or $15,480 US on its own), magnesium wheels (29,750 euro or $38,700 US) and a six-point-harness (2,975 euro or $3,870 US). It also deletes some features like the air conditioning, Burmeister stereo and the standard door handles. By way of these deletions and swapping standard parts for carbon fiber and magnesium, weight is reduced by about 77 pounds and the 'Ring time is shortened by two seconds.

Other options include a liquid metal paint for 47,600 euro ($61,918 US) – you can add that to the foil for a total of 59,500 euro ($77,397 US) – a lift system for the front axle for 8,925 euro, a special German leather for 23,800 euro and a five-piece set of luggage for 17,731 euro. This is couch change compared to the cost of the car – for buyers who find Benjamins and gold ingots in their La-Z-Boys. Assuming these prices are correct, we don't know how they'll compare to US numbers, but it's not like it matters; once you're near seven figures for the entry-level model of a car, well, who's really worried about the cost?


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      joejoe509
      • 2 Years Ago
      Duuuude... If I had a million dollars to blow on a single car, I would easily take this over the Veyron any day of the week. The upcoming Ferrari F70 may or may not be a tempting distraction as well. I absolutely cannot wait for these to be in a big hypercar comparo. Lets get the 918, the F70, the Veryron, and the Aventador together and see which one is the best. Honestly at that point, it's just about personal opinion because they're all so great.
      cmubikes
      • 2 Years Ago
      A million bucks for for a 918? Anyone else notice it's got the exact same wheelbase as an Audi R8? What a coincidence. What a gyp.
        Brenden
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cmubikes
        This is how i shop for cars when i go to dealers. 20k?? For THIS wheelbase???
          joejoe509
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brenden
          @Brenden Lol. Exactly. cmubikes: you're obviously an intelligent person, but you're still wrong. There's no way in hell it's the same platform. Being part of the VW Group family might give it some of the same basic parts like perhaps some interior bits taken from Audi, but that's not the same thing. If you had told me it shared the same basic platform with the NEXT generation Gallardo/R8 I might have gone with that. But even then you're implying this deserves to be considered in the same segment as the R8 which is simply not true. Even if they are on the same basic platform, all the materials used, the technology included, and the simple exclusivity of the 918 puts is a completely different league than the R8. Even if the platform is the same, that doesn't mean they are the same car and that doesn't mean they share a similar segment or a similar demographic. So, cmubikes, even if you are correct (which you're not) you're still dead wrong to be comparing this to an R8.
          cmubikes
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brenden
          At JoeJoe: My uncle is a chief mechanic at a Porsche Dealer in California. He doesn't drive a Porsche. He drives a Lamborghini Gallardo, and fixes it himself because he said their technology is so similar that it's no problem for him to fix. So, JoeJoe509, you're a chump for thinking that Porsche wouldn't take a design straight from Audi or Lamborghini, and an even bigger chump for thinking the 918 such a big deal when they just stuck an extra electric motor in an R8 and slapped a Porsche badge on it. You can rationalize all day long. I'm talking from experience, you're talking out of your a$$.
          cmubikes
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brenden
          Haha, you all can bust my chops all you want. Porsche, just 'cause they're a big name, doesn't mean they have a "halo" over their heads. I'm a mechanical engineer, and can tell you from someone who's worked in R and D, that's exactly how it works. I'm just saying not to be a chump, and realize that the 918, for all it's hype, is just put together from a parts bin of old ideas, nothing new or revolutionary, although don't get me wrong, it's still sexy as hell.
          sparrk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brenden
          @ cmubikes, where did you get that degree and how much did it cost ?
          ALS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brenden
          boom! he got served.
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cmubikes
        Are you actually suggesting it's a designed R8? *facepalm*
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cmubikes
        not in a million years
        treeinsc
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cmubikes
        Are you trying to say that 918 should be sold at R8's price? Or 918 is based on R8?
          joejoe509
          • 2 Years Ago
          @treeinsc
          treeinsc is right. Do you really think this is anywhere near the league of an R8? You know the R8 is based off the current Gallardo. There's no way these cars share more than 10% of their parts.
        cmubikes
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cmubikes
        porsche owns audi, I'm saying it's based on the R8
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cmubikes
          this is ridiculous
          joejoe509
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cmubikes
          Haha. You're funny. Like I said above, the R8 is based off of the current Gallardo. Why would Porsche use a nearly outdated platform for their new halo car? Next you'll be telling me that the Aventador is based off of the Veyron. Just because they have the same parent company doesn't mean they all share parts.
          cmubikes
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cmubikes
          lol, they would use the same platform because it works, it's cheaper than designing a new one, and because they think that most people won't even realize it. Reading JoeJoe509's comments, I think they've got the market pretty well figured out.
          cmubikes
          • 2 Years Ago
          @cmubikes
          audi also just dropped their electric version of the r8: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/10/audi-r8-etron-dead/ How do they make their R and D money back? Make it a hybrid instead, and slap a Porsche logo on it.
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      The swirly graphics on the (dark) grey car are offensive and juvenile.
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klep
        Yeeeaaah, about those those swirly graphics... http://gpma.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/dkhippy03-500x353.jpg Not all Martini cars were grey, red and blue.
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klep
        Other than the giant number on the side, I kinda dig it.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      Porsche really thinks their customers are goddamn idiots, don't they? $62,000 for a paint job, seriously? I would take a Carrera GT over this overpriced thing any day. Their normal options overpricing is bad enough, but this is just insulting.
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Those paint jobs will probably be one-offs, just like the Veyron versions. People who buy this car are billionaires, they want to be special and don't care about a few hundred thousand dollars extras, they probably earn more in one day than this car costs.
          Jonathan Wayne
          • 2 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          I can get some Mexican guy in LA to do a one off paint job also with the most awesome paint, graphics and everything else and it will never approach even half the price of this. You might want to actually get out in the real world and meet actual rich people, very few don't care about what stuff costs and are quite aware when you are trying to rip them off. With regards to the Veyron, they have horrible resale values. They drop like a stone, so you might want to rethink using that car as the basis for your argument.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        i smell jealousy
      Axel K
      • 2 Years Ago
      the design is already stale before the car has been released. Ferrari 360?
        Axel K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Axel K
        front bumper doesnt look to be sitting properly http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2014-porsche-918-spyder-first-ride/#photo-5326074/ seriously when i saw this it looks like an old design
        jankosinad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Axel K
        u know the carz not done yet ?
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who the heck wakes up one morning and thinks "you know what would make my insanely fast super car that much better? less door handles."
        Nick Allain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Then pays extra to have them removed, mind you.
          Lynchenstein
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick Allain
          Yeah - Porsche is famous for charging you more when they remove features. If only I could do that at work. What a great scam they have going!
          LynxFX
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Nick Allain
          Their worst offense is you pay more for the model that has them removed and they'll charge you again if you want them put back on.
        joejoe509
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick Allain
        I don't know if it's part of that package but I think it's funny how a bargain commuter car will have power windows, but a hardcore six figure race car has manual roll up windows. And they charge you extra for it. lol.
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