Just yesterday, it emerged that all 918 examples of the Porsche 918 Spyder had been sold. Now it has been confirmed that the United States is by far the largest market for the 918 Spyder with almost one-third of all units heading across the Atlantic.
As a matter of fact, the Volkswagen Group confirmed that 297 Porsche 918 Spyders are heading to the United States. By comparison, the next biggest markets are Germany and China with both accounting for about 100 vehicles respectively.
When discussing the news about the hybrid hypercar being sold out, Porsche’s head of research and development, Wolfgang Hatz said, “I was always convinced we’d sell out, and what is most satisfying is that the sales have accelerated as reviews confirmed the car is everything we promised it would be.
“We set out to take a different approach to our rivals, to build a car that was at the extremes of performance and efficiency, and we proved that we could achieve both. Our customers now know that we are ready for whatever the future holds,” Hatz said.
As a reminder, the Porsche 918 Spyder uses a mid-mounted 4.6-litre V8 engine producing 608 hp independently – the highest specific power of any naturally aspirated Porsche engine. The V8 is then supplemented by a further two electric motors mounted on each axle. The electric motors can either drive the wheels independently or work together with the engine to boost performance. Each motor produces enough power to boost the total figure to an amazing 887 hp. A seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) controls power delivery to the rear wheels.