It’s quite commonplace for manufacturers to only offer a limited production run of their top end supercar models, and Porsche is certainly no exception to this where their 918 Spyder is concerned. Despite the fact that many thought Porsche was going to build an indiscriminate number of 918s, on a rolling order basis, the German manufacturer is limiting production to a clever 918 units.
However, all 918 Porsche 918 Spyders didn’t sell out as quickly as you would have thought. In fact, according to Andre Oosthuizen, VP of Marketing for Porsche North America, all 918 examples are just now almost fully accounted for. The 918’s production is slotted to end in July, and the production slots through March have all been sold; however, Porsche has not indicated an exact umber regarding how may have been sold versus how many are left. Production of the 918 began in late September of 2013 and by July will have reached completion after 22 months. Assuming a constant production each month(maybe not the actual case,) and with four months unaccounted for in sales, that means around 15% of the total 918 production is unsold.
Each Porsche 918 costs a minimum of $847,000, and each buyer is required to place a $200,000 deposit to hold an order. Apparently, US buyers have constituted the bulk of orders.
Perhaps the reason the 918 hasn’t sold as quickly as you might think is because, compared to other supercar equivalents such as the McLaren P1 or the Ferrari LaFerrari, which sold out right away, the number of 918s being produced is actually high by some standard. McLaren only produced 375 P1s and Ferrari offered 499 LaFerraris. Of course, you could also make comparisons between the clientele patronizing each brand, but we won’t go there.
The Porsche 918 is a hybrid, all wheel drive supercar, producing 887 horsepower and 940 ft. lbs. of torque. Powering the 918 is a 4.6 liter V8, producing 608 horsepower on its own, augmented by two electric motors. The 918 will accelerate from 0-60 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds and holds the production car record for a run around the Nürburgring.
If you’re unfortunate enough to get shut out of ordering for the 918, you could always petition Porsche to build one more, on the basis that a 918 burned to the ground in Toronto last month, so there are, in fact, now only 917 specimens.