Ever since the surprise debut of the Porsche 918 Spyder at the Geneva Auto Show this year, many of us have been salivating at the prospects of its eventual production… and for good reason. With a 0-60 time of around 3 seconds, a lithium-ion battery that can take the car 16 miles on battery power alone, a maximum fuel efficiency of about 78 mpg, and a combined 718 horsepower, this plug-in hybrid supercar seems to have it all.
Porsche has said in the past that all they needed was 1,000 firm orders to before they’d start production, and rumor has it that they already have more. Given that they had 900 at the end of April, that’s not so hard to imagine. AutoCar is now reporting that Porsche will likely use the Pebble Beach Concours in California this August as the official launch of the vehicle.
Pebble Beach has been the launch for many other high profile performance cars in the past, including the Bugatti Veyron, so it would make sense for Porsche to take advantage of the event’s prestige. The groundswell of support for the 918 has been so great that it’s taken the company largely by surprise. Back in March Porsche’s chief, Michael Macht, said, “There is no one inside Porsche who doesn’t want to build the 918. The response has been marvellous.”
If Porsche does use Pebble Beach to launch the car, they’ll likely also start taking cash deposits there. No word on any pricing estimates yet, but you can be sure it’ll cost you a pretty penny — somewhere above $250K if various analyses are to be believed. So, for those of you that have the cash and the passion for this car that seems to be running wild out there, get on the horn and let Porsche know you want it.
Then head on down to Pebble Beach with your cash in hand.