When Porsche announced prices for the upcoming 918 Spyder, it was also reported that the supercar was sold out. Apparently that’s not true, as Porsche head of R&D, Wolfgang Hatz reported that the hybrid supercar is not yet sold out. He also made it quite clear that it will sell out quickly once prospective buyers have the chance to test the supercar.
Speaking with AutoCar at the Shanghai Auto Show, Hatz said that the car’s high price may be the reason why the company still has some units left. Hatz also reported that up to this point, the company has sold more 918 units than it had at the same point in the launch process of the Carrera GT. With that comparison, Porsche certainly has the right to be confident.
Hatz also reported that it is not correct to compare the 918 Spyder with models like 2014 LaFerrari and McLaren P1, because, “at present, nobody outside our R&D group has experienced a super sports car with more electric power.”
The 918 Spyder is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a V-8 engine with an output of 580 horsepower and 368 foot-pounds of torque with a pair of electric motors – one powering the front axle and one on the rear – that pump out 85 kW (114 horsepower) and 95 kW (127 horsepower), respectively.
With this incredible output, the hybrid supercar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and can hit a top speed of 202 mph. In electric mode, the 918 Spyder can be driven to speeds up to 93 mph and delivers a driving range of 15 miles.
In the U.S. market, the Porsche 918 Spyder will be priced at $845,000 for the base model.