It looks like Porsche has figured out when they’ll bring their epic new super car to the streets—and despite our hopes, we won’t have a chance to drive it if Lil Wayne and the Mayans are right about what happens in 2012.
According to Porsche president Matthias Müller, the 918 Spyder will reach production sometime in 2013. However, if you wait until then to place your order for one of the 918 examples, you’ll likely be SOL; Müller said the company will begin selling the car early next year, once engineering work on the prototype has progressed far enough for the company to have a good idea about the production car’s specs and pricing details. CAR Magazine says the
giga-Boxster spiritual successor to the Carrera GT and 959 should cost more than €650,000, which comes to a price of more than $905,775 at current exchange rates.
The production car shouldn’t be too different from the plug-in hybrid concept that debuted at this year’s Geneva auto show; the Carrera GT-beating Nürburgring time and Prius-whupping in-town fuel economy figures will likely both make it to the final version, or else the car would lose cachet among either Porschephiles or tree-huggers. In case you forgot, the concept car used a 3.4 liter 500 horsepower V8 and 218 hp worth of electric motors, for a claimed 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds; Porsche also claims the car will average 90 mpg when driven conservatively. [via CAR]