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Porsche 918 Spyder Concept
Porsche really wants to build the 918, however, the company insists that it doesn't want to lose money on the vehicle.

Reaction to Porsche's 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept was overwhelmingly positive when it was unveiled last week at the Geneva auto show -- its sleek lines and impressive hybrid powertrain won over those who have been critical of Porsche's somewhat "stagnant" design philosophy and even those who turn up their noses at hybrid vehicles.

According to AutoCar, the people within Porsche love the vehicle as well, and they want to build it. The 918 Spyder would be made as the new "halo" vehicle for the automaker -- a distinction that was recently bestowed upon the Porsche Carrera GT. The $440,000+ Carrera GT weighs 3,000 pounds, gets its motivation from a 5.5-liter V10 which develops 605 hp, and can scoot to 60 mph in around three and a half seconds.

The 918, on the other hand, is powered by a 3.4-liter V8 engine which produces 500 hp. Two electric motors bring the total combined horsepower of the vehicle to 718 hp. All of that power is harnessed within a roadster that weighs just under 3,300 pounds.

"There is no one inside Porsche who doesn't want to build the 918," said Porsche CEO Michael Macht to AutoCar. "The response has been marvelous; we will ask buyers to sign letters of intent."

Macht went on to add, "The 918 Spyder provides the answer to whether there can be high-performance cars in the future. Many have said they are finished. This car shows they are not."

If the 918 Spyder does make it to production, it will arrive within the next five years according to company insiders (the Porsche Carrera GT was shown in concept form in 2000 and entered production four years later). Given the technology that is crammed into the 918 Spyder, it wouldn't be surprising if its price tag far surpassed that of the Carrera GT.

Porsche is determined to not lose money on its next halo vehicle, unlike Toyota with its ultra-exotic Lexus LFA supercar. The 552 hp LFA is a priced at a whopping $375,000 USD – however, at that price, Toyota is still losing money on every one it produces.

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RE: I'd buy it...
By invidious on 3/10/2010 3:53:36 PM , Rating: 1
Because nice cars aren't a status symbol or a hobby or just awesome in general. No, clearly the only reason to buy an expensive car is to go 150mph.

And in this crazy world your brain opperates in Toyotas drivers are somehow immune to speed limits?

RE: I'd buy it...
By Pirks on 3/10/2010 5:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, from the point of view of a car nut who ejaculates when looking at shiny Brembo brakes or something you're right, but I wasn't talking about these few.

Toyota drivers aren't buying crazy cars designed to go 5x the speed limit, faster than an aeroplane. Toyota drivers buy sensible cars that may go somewhat above speed limit but why wasting money on an engine power you'll never draw more than 20% from?

In other words, would you like to buy a mansion with 100 rooms to live there alone? Just for the heck of it? Even though 99 rooms will always be empty and covered with dust? If yes - you are a mansion nut and all car nuts are your friends, and you won't understand me and other normal people.

Again, to make myself totally clear: I'm not talking about hobbysts and such, these are different story.

RE: I'd buy it...
By clovell on 3/10/2010 5:37:12 PM , Rating: 1
You're forgetting about all those posers who bought Celicas because they were too cheap to get a Supra.

RE: I'd buy it...
By teflonbilly on 3/10/2010 7:27:17 PM , Rating: 2
But that is exactly who cars like this are targeted for. They don't build them for the average person. They build them for people with huge amounts of disposable income, to own a piece of machinery that excites them. We all have our passions. For some that is a Porsche, for others its a Mac. Go figure.

Personally I love bikes (bicycles, before you ask), I have bikes that are way better than I can ride, but its fun to own them, ride them, they feel better and I get enjoyment out of that. Nothing wrong with owning something because you want it, even if it isn't ideal.

I would also like to point out that you want the industry to move forward, and this is a hybrid, moving int he right direction I would think, yet it gets derided for being over powered much like the Tesla is.

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