Porsche is likely to price the 918 Spyder supercar at 500,000 euros ($630,000) say sources close to the vehicle’s development. That price would top the German sports car maker’s previous icon car, the Carrera GT, which sold for roughly $440,000.
Unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March and quickly becoming the star of the show, Porsche has reportedly received 2,000 offers to purchase a production model and will show the car at the Pebble Beach Concours in August – looking to lock down buyers. For a vehicle to meet production under new Volkswagen ownership, Porsche must be able to build at least 1,000 models.
The 918 Spyder concept is a plug-in hybrid and in priciple works like a traditional two-mode hybrid, using a gasoline engine, electric motors (two of them) and a lithium-ion battery pack. What makes it so special, however, is that the gasoline engine is a 3.4-liter 500-hp V8 derived from the Porsche RS Spyder race cars and the electric motors (one of each rear wheel) make a combined 218-hp. The gasoline engine powers the rear wheels, while the electric motors work on the front two wheels. Porsche claims a 0-62 mph time of just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 198-mph. Possibly more amazing, however, is this concept’s capability to achieve 78 mpg.
GALLERY: Porsche 918 Spyder Concept