Monday, December 15, 2014

Porsche 918 Spyder Sold Out, Successor Planned


Porsche sales are up across the board, with the automaker from Stuttgart confirming that its sales to November are already higher than its 162,145 record achieved in 2013. A small part of that figure is made up of sales of the 918 Spyder, which Porsche has confirmed is now sold out. Yes, all 918 build slots for the car are taken, so if you’re still keen for one you may have to settle for a used example.
Porsche sales are up across the board, with the automaker from Stuttgart confirming that its sales to November...

The U.S. accounted for the majority of 918 Spyder sales, with 297 examples destined to land here. China and Germany were the next biggest markets, with each accounting for roughly 100 units. Pricing for the plug-in hybrid supercar started at $845,000.

Buoyed by the success of the 918 Spyder, Porsche will launch a successor in due course. The information was confirmed to Autocar by the automaker’s R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz.

“Will we build a successor to the 918? Yes,” Hatz said. “Not immediately, but not in 20 years' time either.”

The Porsche exec went on to explain that projects like the 918 Spyder help develop experience and technology that can be applied in other areas and vehicles.

Note, while it may be some time before we see another groundbreaking supercar like the 918 Spyder, Porsche may fill the gap with another, less extreme model, something akin to a modern-day 959.