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Porsche 918 Spyder Gets Official Production Greenlight

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After re-drawing the landscape of what a hybrid performance car can be at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept was already under consideration for production by the Beijing Auto Show. Today, it officially got the nod from Porsche's board. It will be built.

Porsche had put a 1,000-buyer threshold on the decision to build the 918 Spyder. By late April, the number signed up to buy one, should it be built, was over 900. It now looks like the 1,000-mark has been cleared, as Porsche president and chairman Michael Macht said in a release today, "Production of the 918 Spyder in a limited series proves that we are taking the right approach with Porsche Intelligent Performance featuring the combination of supreme performance and efficient drivetrain concepts. We will develop the 918 Spyder in Weissach and assemble it in Zuffenhausen."

No time line has been given for when the car will be ready for the road, but we'd expect it to be at least a two-year lead-up to the first production models. Just in case you've forgotten how awesome the 918 Spyder Concept is: it's a 500-horsepower, 78-mpg, 9,200-rpm 3.4-liter V-8 hybrid all-wheel-drive sports car capable of 3.2-second 0-60 mph, 198 mph top speed, 16-mile all-electric range, and looks to stop traffic cold.

For more on the 918 Spyder, check out our previous coverage.

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  1. This car is like a re-definition of the exotic. On the one hand, at 70+ mpg, one will not have to pay for a gas guzzler tax any more...On the other hand, nobody can say anymore that hybrid cars have a stupid look...
     
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  2. The funny thing is a person who could afford a $600k car probably is not too concerned about the price of a gallon of gas. Oh, I just saved all that money on gas, but my car cost more than you darn house, LOL.
     
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  3. Not really feeling it. The Carrera GT still has the looks IMO. This reminds me of a pumped up Boxster. The technology is amazing though - good on Porsche for siding on the Green team.
     
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  4. It is important for manufacturers to develop this sort of car - in the same way F1 and other racing is important. It enables the technology to be developed that then filters down to the sort of cars we more everyday folk drive.
    Having said that, I can only agree with Brent Quarles comment above. I can just imagine the sort of lambasting this car will get from Mr Clarkson on Top Gear.
     
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  5. nice.. i'm lovin how the Spyder looks! i just hope however that the performance of its car parts is at par with its top of the line appearance. but overall, i'm kinda impressed. bravo!
     
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