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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 Pirks on 3/11/2010 7:31:12 AM , Rating: 1
I merge on 2000 Toyota Echo automatic at 70mph easily so as you can see there's absolutely no need to buy anything more powerful than that :p

RE: I'd buy it...
By PrezWeezy on 3/11/2010 6:35:32 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't say ou needed it. I just said it was fun. I like the acceleration. I don't care about going over the speed limit, I just like getting there. I drive a Nissan Altima 2.5S, nothing fancy in the least but it still gives me great acceleration, even though I wish I had a Saleen S7.

RE: I'd buy it...
By Pirks on 3/11/2010 9:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
Now you contradict yourself 'cause if you really loved acceleration on the cheap you'd get Impreza WRX, its turbo + AWD will blow your Altima away. I don't think anything comes close to WRX's acceleration in the same price range.

RE: I'd buy it...
By PrezWeezy on 3/12/2010 4:25:17 PM , Rating: 2
I hate hatchbacks. If they made a Saleen S7 in hatchback form and then tried to give me one, I'd consider it very heavily first. Just my preference. That and the Altima seemed like a "nicer" car to me. I like the feel of the seats, I love the materials, I like the sound system, it came with a sunroof and all kinds of upgrades and still ended up being much cheaper than the WRX. Not to mention, 6 speed manual vs 5 makes for a much smoother drive. My only complaint about my Altima is the orange lights in the cockpit. And the fact that it's FWD.

"You can bet that Sony built a long-term business plan about being successful in Japan and that business plan is crumbling." -- Peter Moore, 24 hours before his Microsoft resignation

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