Collectors who missed out on a Porsche 918 Spyder during its brief, two-year production run now have a chance to catch the sought-after supercar on the second-hand market.
A pristine 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder with just 966 miles on the ticker is currently up for auction on CollectingCars.com until Thursday, December 23. The plug-in hybrid beast has already attracted a ton of attention, too, with bids climbing from roughly $7,700 to more than $772,000 in just four days. That’s almost in line with the model’s original base price of $845,000.
Fervor is to be expected, of course. From the get-go, the 918 Spyder has been a clear outlier. Upon its debut in 2015, the lightning-quick convertible became the marque’s highest-performing production car and its most expensive. It was also fittingly crowned Robb Report‘s Car of the Year shortly after its release in 2015.
Comprising a race-derived 4.6-liter naturally aspirated V-8 and electric motors on each axle, the powertrain can reportedly churn out 887 hp and 944 ft lbs of torque through a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. This gives the drop-top the ability to soar from zero to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 214 mph, according to Porsche.
On top of that, the car has five driving modes. E-Drive, for example, exclusively employs the electric motors to give an estimated zero-emissions range of around 18 miles. On a full tank of fuel and two charged batteries, however, the hybrid can cover up to 420 miles.
Porsche rolled out just 918 Spyders between 2013 and 2015, rendering this particular mint-condition model especially rare. Presented with gleaming platinum silver paintwork, the car sports a black leather interior that’s contrasted by bright green accents. As standard, the four-wheeler also comes complete with two roof panels featuring a special storage compartment, as well as lightweight LED headlights and Porsche’s high-tech communication system.
Spyders on the auction platform have performed quite well previously. Earlier this year, a gray 2015 example equipped with the desirable Weissach Package sold for $1.4 million. If history repeats itself, we could be in for another million-dollar Spyder.
What a difference 54 years makes juxtaposition of Dino 206 GT, 1968 & Ferrari 296 GTB, 2022. The Pininfarina designed Dino 206 was the first series production mid-engined V6 road car made by Ferrari, though it never wore a Ferrari badge. The new 296 GTB is the first Ferrari-made model to use a V6 engine since the Dino 246 (successor to the 206) ended production in 1974. The 296 uses a hybrid drivetrain that combines a 120° 3.0 litre V6 with an electric motor to generate a total 820hp. The 2.0 litre 65° V6 in the 206 GT produced 180hp
Deliveries of the 150 hypercars will take place in the coming weeks.
After more than a century in the game, Aston Martin has finally built a hypercar.
The very first customer Valkyrie rolled off the line on Thursday, signaling a bold new era for the British marque. The hotly anticipated speed machine, which will be limited to just 150 examples, has now entered full production, with deliveries planned in the coming weeks.
“It is an immensely proud moment for us to complete our first-ever hypercar,” Aston Martin’s CEO Tobias Moers said in a statement. “The Aston Martin Valkyrie program has tested everyone who has worked on it to the limit but the commitment to the dream has produced a truly incredible car, an F1 car for the road.”
Indeed, the hybrid ride—the brainchild of Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing—packs the power and tech of a formidable Formula One racer. Crafted entirely from carbon fiber, the featherlight body has been honed for performance. In fact, the underfloor aerodynamics will reportedly generate 4,000 pounds of downforce.
Under the hood, meanwhile, the Valkyrie is fitted with a naturally aspirated V-12 that’s capable of churning out 1,000 hp and an electric motor that can generate an extra 160 hp. This gives the road rocket a total of 1,160 horses and 664 ft lbs of twist, as well as the ability to rev at 10,500 rpm.
Like all of Aston Martin’s cars, the Valkyrie is being hand-built at the automaker’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, England. A team of highly skilled technicians in a special Valkyrie production area will spend some 2,000 hours on each model before it is then tested at the Silverstone racetrack near Northampton, England. You might remember Aston Martin testing three prototypes of the hybrid hypercar here last year with Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon at the helm.
Getting the Valkyrie to the production stage has required half a decade of painstaking work. The initial concept, codenamed AM-RB 001, was first unveiled back in 2016, and, now, the $3.25 million land rocket is finally on its way to collectors. Moers is confident drivers will appreciate his team’s work, too.
“I’m sure our customers will be delighted with what they have achieved,” he said.