Porsche 918 Spyder Sold Out, With Americans as Top BuyersChristoph Rauwald
Porsche sold the last of the limited-edition 918 Spyder supercar, the German company’s most expensive model, and Americans snapped up more than anyone else.
U.S. customers bought 297 of the car, with Germany and China accounting for about 100 vehicles each, the Stuttgart-based unit of Volkswagen AG said today in a statement.
Production of the $845,000 plug-in hybrid racer was limited to 918 vehicles to underscore the exclusivity of the car and the brand. Deliveries started in March, and Porsche Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller predicted in June that the 918 would be sold out by the end of the year, saying it would be “unfair” to build more than the number planned.
The 918 Spyder, unveiled at the September 2013 International Auto Show in Frankfurt, can reach 60 miles (100 kilometers) an hour in 2.5 seconds and can travel 67 miles per gallon of gasoline. That tops the 51-mpg consumption of the basic Prius hybrid from Toyota Motor Corp.
Porsche has forecast that it will deliver 200,000 vehicles a year for the first time in 2015, driven by demand for the $49,900 Macan compact sport-utility vehicle introduced this year. Global 11-month sales rose 15 percent from a year earlier to a record 169,205 cars, Porsche said today.