It’s interesting how much emphatic fascination we have with cars that we’ll never be able to afford anyway.
Of course, that’s making two, rather large assumptions about our reader base: 1) that you care, and 2) that you aren’t moneyed well enough to be able to afford the next Porsche hypercar. But let’s be honest: 1) you care a whole lot, and 2) there are a great many other automotive news outlets to cater to those whose driveways are paved with gold nuggets.
Regardless, here we are, and the UK’s Autocar has announced some pretty juicy details about the next Porsche 918 – which probably won’t be called the “918” at all.
Autocar cites Porsche R&D Head Wolfgang Hatz in claiming that the next Porsche 918 will debut before the end of the decade, “at the latest.” It will maintain the same mid-engined layout, once again squeezing in a V8 somewhere behind the driver’s head, but this V8 won’t be the same mill that powers the previous 918 Spyder.
Instead, says Autocar, it’s believed that the next Porsche 918 will make use of some version of the new V8 that’s being developed for duty in the Porsche Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan. That said, we can only guess at figures for displacement and power output, let alone cost. Of course, Hatz never got around to mentioning it, but the next Porsche 918, too, will surely have some sort of hybrid system.
If it takes until 2020 for a new successor to the exquisite Porsche 918 Spyder to materialize, then frankly, 2020 can’t come soon enough. Even if we can’t afford it.