Fans were impressed with the advancements in Hybrid technologies that the car displayed, though were left deflated when discovering that the 918 Spyder was purely a Concept and would be unlikely to reach showroom floors.
Today, excitement has been sparked after the announcement that Porsche has received more than 900 serious expressions of interest for the 918 Spyder, and it’s likely that with over 1000 buyers the new Porsche Supercar will reach the production line.
“I'm confident that we will soon reach the threshold of 1,000. We need 1,000 seriously interested people to make a sound business case.” Porsche's development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer told Autonews.
Following Porsches new focus in the development of Hybrid technologies across its range, the 918 Spyder features a Hybrid 3.4-litre V8 Power Plant generating 368kW. Combined with its 2 electric motors producing a total of 160 kW, the 918 should reach 100 km/h in less than 3.2 seconds and go on to a top speed of more than 320 km/h.
While these performance figures are (without question) obviously fast, they are not ‘stand out’ compared to the current top of the line Porsche Turbo S which produces similar performance levels. The appeal of the 918 Spyder lies within its advanced hybrid technologies which allows it to achieve fuel economy figures as little as 3.0L per 100km while emitting only 70 grams of CO2 per kilometre – that’s exactly half what the Hybrid Camry achieves!
Chances are that if Porsche builds the 918 Spyder, reminiscent of the Carrera GT, it’s unlikely we will see any lurking about local showrooms.
Like Lamborghini, Porsche is now looking to the strong developing sports car market in China, which has become the companies 3rd largest market behind America and Germany.
Sales performance in China saw an increase of 13% with 9,900 vehicles sold last year. With such impressive growth, Porsche is planning to double its dealer network by 2012 in China with more than 25 new showrooms expected.