Porsche's follow-up to the 918 Spyder hypercar turns up in the rumor mill
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It's been almost a decade since Porsche unveiled its last hypercar, the 918 Spyder, and a recent report claims that the long-awaited successor to the model is almost ready. It's so close that the company has reportedly started taking orders.
Spike Feresten, a former Seinfeld author and Porsche enthusiast, spoke to comedian and well-known collector Jerry Seinfeld about the mysterious car in his podcast. "At the moment you can, if you want, leave a deposit for a Porsche GT1," he revealed, according to Drive, without citing the source. "Rumor has it they will announce this in August. There will be a new mid-engined Porsche GT1 specialty vehicle that will follow in the footsteps of the Carrera GT and the 918," he added. None of this is official, but some of it may not be as far-fetched as it sounds.
Porsche has vaguely discussed the successor to the 918 on several occasions, although it has significantly failed to confirm that it will release the model, let alone give an accurate idea of when we'll see it. If it's actually just around the corner, we're not surprised that the order book is already open. Automakers routinely show off new limited-edition models to their most loyal (and wealthy) customers before launching them to the public. This is why many hypercars sell out when they break out of cover. And we have every reason to believe that production of the next 918 will be limited.
The presentation of the car in August also makes sense. After all, the Monterey Car Week is back on the calendar. Porsche could hold a private unveiling or showcase the model at one of dozen of high-octane events like The Quail.
What the rumored GT1 will look like is still up in the air. It could be related to the 911, like the 1996 911 GT1, or it could be a whole different beast altogether. A Porsche inspired by the 680 hp hybrid prototype will perhaps take part in endurance races from 2023? Or something like 919 Street, which was built in 2017 and shown for the first time in 2020? It's too early to tell. We do know, however, that Porsche was not without ideas when it came to improving or replacing the 918, it illuminated four never-before-seen hypercar prototypes in late 2020, and some of their genes could flow into the new project. What is seemingly certain is that it won't be purely electric; The German firm hinted in 2020 that it wasn't interested in following companies like Lotus and Rimac into the EV hypercar segment.
At this point in time anything is possible, including Porsche, which is clearly staying away from the hypercar segment in the foreseeable future. If the report is correct, more details on the flagship will no doubt be revealed in the coming weeks.
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