Speculation mounts that Porsche is preparing to open an official order book for the hybrid supercar

The Porsche 918 Spyder will be at the Pebble Beach Concours in California the company has confirmed, amid mounting speculation that it is preparing to open an official order book for the hybrid supercar.

The German manufacturer is said to have received over 1000 letters of interest from potential customers for the 918, which was the biggest surprise and star of the Geneva show earlier this year.

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The concept shown mixed a 500bhp petrol V8 with two electric motors to offer a combined 718bhp.

Rumours last week suggested that Porsche has given the project the green light for production, and that it is planning a Pebble Beach launch.

A source within the company told Autocar that “the car will be there” but insisted, “Product announcement is still in discussion. We are still on the way to finalising the figures.”

Pebble Beach would be an ideal venue for Porsche to take the next step on the 918’s path to production: cash deposits.

The event’s well heeled customer base, and its relatively close proximity to cash-rich, environmentally conscious Palo Alto, would make it an ideal source of early orders.

Bugatti has used the showcase in recent years to launch versions of its Veyron.

Porsche boss Michael Macht acknowledged in March that there was enormous momentum behind the project. “There is no one inside Porsche who doesn’t want to build the 918,” he said. “The response has been marvellous.”

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18 June 2010

Every so often a really good car appears, and this is it, if it lives up to it's claims it will move the venerable 911 to second place, because this car look so good, it's in proportion, it's even a bit eco friendly for god's sake!, it's supercar nirvana, fast and frugal which means unlike some cars, you can drive it for longer, sadly i'll be pushing up daises before there cheap enough for me to afford, ah well, i can dream.

Peter Cavellini.

18 June 2010

I've heard through the porsche grapevine that they are going to be around £400,00-500,000.

18 June 2010

[quote rosstopher]rosstopher wrote the following post at Jun 18, 2010 1:38 PM:

I've heard through the porsche grapevine that they are going to be around £400,00-500,000.

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did you really expect anything less?

18 June 2010

Doesn't look like a Porsche. In fact, it looks rather old-fashoined, in a kind of Elise/McF1 sort of way. And how can there be any sort of 'eco' story, when it's got 700+bhp to propel a couple of people.

18 June 2010

[quote Welsh Wizard]

Doesn't look like a Porsche. In fact, it looks rather old-fashoined, in a kind of Elise/McF1 sort of way. And how can there be any sort of 'eco' story, when it's got 700+bhp to propel a couple of people.

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There's an eco story because, thanks to its hybrid drivetrain and light weight, it has got some electric-only range, and, driven carefully, can return fairly astonishing MPG figures. Porsche say it'll do over 200mph and lap the Nurburgring in something like seven and a half minutes, yet also do something like 200mpg IIRC. Of course it can't do both at the same time!

As for the fact that it "doesn't look like a Porsche" - isn't that an added bonus? Not everyone wants to drive something that looks like a 911... it does, though, look rather like the very pretty Carrera GT (a fairly inappropriate name, that - it was no more a GT than a Koenigsegg is. An RS, maybe...).

18 June 2010

Fingers crossed they make it. I hope they manage to translate the exterior and interior of the concept into reality. Manufacturers are getting better at making the exteriors of road going car look like their concept, but the interiors are lagging behind which is a shame as this one looks fantastic.

18 June 2010

Is this lined up for the next Bond film - it's got the rocket launchers already fitted at the back!

18 June 2010

That hybrid future doesn't look so bad after all...

18 June 2010

I want one! This car is stunning. Just one thing. I bet the screen on the centre console is hard to read in the sun.

18 June 2010

Without wanting to be too presumptious, it's probably a safe bet that the 918 will be stunning and follow on from the excellent Carerra GT and 959 before it.

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