Date
25 September 2017
Porsche's plug-in hybrid racer, which only has 918 units, costs US$845,000 each. Photo: Bloomberg
Porsche's plug-in hybrid racer, which only has 918 units, costs US$845,000 each. Photo: Bloomberg

Porsche 918 Spyder sold out with Americans as top buyers

Porsche has sold the last of the limited-edition 918 Spyder supercar, the German company’s most expensive model.  The plug-in hybrid racer costs US$845,000 each.

American customers bought 297 of the 918 units, while Chinese and German buyers had about 100 each, Bloomberg News reported, citing a statement from the Stuttgart-based unit of Volkswagen.

Porsche chief executive Matthias Mueller predicted in June that the 918 units would be sold out by the end of the year, adding that it would be “unfair” to build more than the number planned.

The 918 Spyder, unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2013, 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 US$49,900 Macan compact sport-utility vehicle introduced this year.

Global sales for the 11 months to November rose 15 percent from a year earlier to a record 169,205 cars, the company said on Wednesday.

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