Just days after announcing the development of three electric drive research models based on the Boxster platform, Porsche lit up the air-waves today when the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG gave a "green light" to the development of the Porsche 918 Spyder. The subject of continuous speculation since it's unveiling at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, the Porsche 918 Spyder is perhaps the most anticipated Porsche to come out of Weissach, ever.
“Production of the 918 Spyder in a limited series proves that we are taking the right approach with Porsche Intelligent Performance featuring the combination of supreme performance and efficient drivetrain concepts,” said Michael Macht, President and Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG. “We will develop the 918 Spyder in Weissach and assemble it in Zuffenhausen. This is also a very important commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base.”
The internet is awash in rumors that pricing on the new Porsche Spyder will be somewhere in the $630,000 range. As of last night, Porsche wouldn't confirm or deny pricing, but they did say that the numbers currently being thrown about didn't come from an internal source, officially or otherwise. They did, however, go on to say that additional details will "be disclosed in the months to come."
Given that today's announcement provided the go-ahead for the "development" of a production car "based" on the plug-in hybrid Concept Study, I think it's a little too soon to be talking pricing. According to Porsche, "The 918 Spyder Concept Study combines the performance of a super sports car with CO2 emissions of just 70 g/km and with fuel consumption of 3.0 L/100 km in the New European Driving Cycle." Let's see just how true to the original concept Weissach can stay and what they come up with for the production model first before we continue the speculation.