Porsche at Pebble: Porsche 918 Spyder to be Shown at Pebble Beach

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Porsche’s 918 Spyder stunned the world when it debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Soon after, rumors were rampant about the car going into production. Although it has not yet been confirmed for production, Porsche is bringing the 918 Spyder to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to entice and attract more customers.

At first, only select people will be able to see the 918 Spyder before it’s made available for public viewing on Sunday. But don’t worry -- that’s a good thing. The select people are interested customers who will be given a private viewing of the car and possibly added to the growing list of potential buyers. Wolfgang Dürheimer, Porsche’s executive vice president of research and development, previously said that Porsche needed around 1000 cars to build a solid business case for production. If that’s the case, we’re happy to let Porsche have as many private viewings as it takes.

When Dürheimer offered that customer estimate in April, Porsche was just short of around 900 interested parties. As of now, a Porsche source confirmed that the company has far exceeded 1000 interested parties, and is now closer to 2000 potential buyers. Given those numbers, things are looking good for Porsche’s hybrid supercar.

Porsche’s last supercar, the Carrera GT, was derived from pieces of an abandoned Le Mans Prototype program, and developed for public sale. The 918 Spyder was developed as a road-going car, but our European editor Georg Kacher’s inside sources are predicting a Le Mans Prototype may evolve from the road-going car this time.

If, or when, the 918 Spyder goes into production, it will eclipse the Carrera GT’s performance and a microcar’s fuel consumption according to Dürheimer. The 918 Spyder’s hybrid system couples a 495-horsepower, 3.4-liter V-8 to three electric motors, which produce 215 combined horsepower, for a total output of 710 whopping horsepower. Sources indicate that the car could also be produced in any number of variations -- electric, rear-wheel-drive, all-wheel-drive, hybrid, coupe, spyder -- as well.

With close to double the number of interested buyers Porsche wanted, and a number of possible 918 variants, it’s looking incredibly likely that the Spyder will become Porsche’s next genuine supercar. We’ll have to wait to hear an official confirmation from the company to know for sure, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

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