Porsche 918 Spyder Potential Buyer List Now 900 Strong

We’ve seen it, we’ve lusted after it and we’ve dreamed of owning it. Combining amazing fuel economy (78 mpg) with rockstar performance (0-60 mph in 3 seconds) and sexy curves, the Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept supercar has been on the minds of green speed freaks ever since its debut in Geneva earlier this year. Porsche has been hinting that they will eventually build it, saying that they’ve never made a concept car they didn’t actually put into production.

Well, now it looks like it’s essentially a sure thing after comments by a Porsche Exec at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show.

According to Porsche, the only thing holding them back was actual firm interest from potential consumers. So it will come as good news to you that over the weekend, Porsche Development Chief Wolgang Durheimer said that they’ve got 900 customers on the 918 Spyder “potential buyer” list, but that they need 1000 “seriously interested people to make a sound business case,” adding he’s “confident that [Porsche] will soon reach the threshold of 1,000.”

Still no word on the potential price of this eco-monster, but it will likely top out at over $250K — probably more like $350K. Although that’s out of my pitiful price range (hey, there’s no money in internet writing cause everybody wants it for free!), if it does get built, you can be sure that I’ll do everything I can to get on the short list of folks who get to test drive it… preferably around something like the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. I’d love to take a twist around the legendary corkscrew in that thing…. Okay, back to reality. Gotta stay grounded or I’ll never get anything written today.

In my opinion, if you are one of the lucky few for who this car falls within the realm of reality to buy (and I know there’s quite a few of you who read Gas 2.0), you should call up your local Porsche dealer and get yourself on the list pronto!

Source: BusinessWeek


Nick Chambers

Not your traditional car guy.