With 918 examples destined to be built, Porsche was always going to have a tougher task of selling all build slots for its 918 Spyder than McLaren and Ferrari have had with their respective flagship supercars. After all, McLaren only offered 375 build slots for its P1 and Ferrari only offered 499 for the LaFerrari, and most of these were already accounted for before the cars were even unveiled.
Nevertheless, a senior Porsche executive has revealed that the 918 Spyder is almost sold out. Speaking with Automotive News (subscription required), Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche’s North American arm, explained that the 918 Spyder is scheduled to end production next July, and that build slots through late March or early April are all sold out. That means only a few months’ worth of production is left.
Production of the 918 Spyder commenced on September 18, 2013 and the first examples were delivered early this year. The car retails for $847,975, including destination, and Porsche requires buyers to place a $200,000 deposit to secure a build slot. Most of the cars have been snapped up by U.S. buyers.
The 918 Spyder is the only open-top car among the new trio of hybrid supercars, and the only one with all-wheel drive. It also holds the official Nürburgring record for a production car, a time of just 6:57, and its 0-60 mph time of 2.5 seconds is matched only by that of the much more powerful Bugatti Veyron. Top speed is around 210 mph. Power in the 918 Spyder comes from a plug-in hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 4.6-liter V-8 and two electric motors, with its peak registering at 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque.