With a limited run of 918 units, the majority of the cars – 297 – will be shipped from the Zuffenhausen manufactory to buyers in the USA.
In both Germany and China there are already around 100 proud new owners who have taken delivery of the super sports car.
The 918 Spyder is powered by a unique plug-in hybrid system that will include a high-revving, mid-mounted V8 engine with capacity of more than 4.0 liters and producing at least 500 horsepower.
Two electric motors – one each on the front and rear axles – together provide approximately 218 additional horsepower. This configuration also offer an innovative, variable all-wheel drive system with independent control of the drive forces on both axles. Electrical energy is be stored in a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from a standard household outlet. Electric-only driving range is about 16 miles on the NEDC.
The 918 Spyder is priced at $845,000 (excluding destination and handling charges) in the U.S., or 645,000 euros (£563k) plus VAT and local taxes in Europe.