I’m a skeptical guy by nature; some would call me a pessimist, but I prefer to think of myself as a realist. My wife sees me as somewhere between those two extremes, and calls me a “dark realist”, which is a tag I can live with. With that in mind, when an automaker tells me their next supercar, will have a combined output of 718 horsepower, sprint from zero to 62 miles per hour in under 3.2 seconds, lap the Nürburgring in 7:30 and still yield fuel economy of 78.4 miles per gallon, I’m inclined to doubt them. When they open the order books while the car is still in early development, and ask customers to part with $845,000 (plus tax) to take delivery some nineteen months in the future, I’m inclined to yell “fraud”. Unless that automaker is Porsche, and the car in question is the new 918 Spyder.
To put it bluntly, Porsche has drawn so much attention to themselves with this car that they can’t afford to screw it up. At launch, it had best be able to meet or exceed every single goal Porsche has defined to date, or the automaker risks a substantial loss of credibility (and, potentially, market share). I have no idea how Porsche will fulfill the commitments made to date, because the technology to yield such performance and fuel economy doesn’t exist to my knowledge; then again, Porsche has a whole lot of smart engineers working for them, and failure is not an option.
If you’re one of the 918 people worldwide who will put money down on the 918, Porsche also wants you to know they have a car to make your 19 month wait for delivery more bearable. You’ll soon be able to take delivery of a 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder”, in coupe or cabriolet style, that comes in the same color as your 918 Spyder, has green piping and interior trim and includes limited edition badging to match the serial number of your yet-to-be-built 918 Spyder. These 911 Turbos start at about $245,450 for the coupe and $261,455 for the cabrio, but those are just Euro prices translated to dollars. If the limited edition 911s are sold in the United States, Porsche will likely price them more competitively with current 911 Turbo variants.