SAN DIEGO -- Porsche sold 300, or nearly one-third, of its 918 Spyders in the U.S., making the country the largest market for the limited-edition supercar. And Porsche's U.S. sales chief expects a repeat of the U.S. as the top market when the special-edition Cayman GT4 sports car arrives this summer.
More than 800 U.S. customers have signed up to potentially place orders for the Cayman GT4 when ordering is enabled, said Detlev von Platen, CEO of Porsche Cars North America. "That's huge," von Platen said at an event here.
Porsche announced the 385-hp Cayman GT4 in early February. It was shown at the Geneva auto show last week and will arrive at U.S. dealerships in July. Pricing starts at $85,595, including shipping. GT4 availability will be limited by production capacity, and exact allocation numbers haven't been determined, von Platen said. But if the 800 hand-raisers turn into actual orders, Porsche won't be able to accommodate all of them, "certainly not this year," he said.
Though the 918 Spyder costs 10 times as much, not all potential buyers of Porsche's supercar could be accommodated either. The 918 units slated for production sold out in December, and there is a waiting list of at least 80 customers in case booked sales fall through, von Platen said.
"When we announced that we were approaching the last cars to be ordered, all of a sudden, we had a lot of people wanting the cars," he said. He's "very pessimistic" that people on the wait list actually will end up with a 918 Spyder.
The 918 Spyder starts at $847,975, including shipping. Porsche's U.S. unit sold 300 of them.
"It was 299, but a customer decided to switch delivery from Canada to the U.S., so we ended up at 300," von Platen said.
From June, when U.S. deliveries began, through February, Porsche has delivered 144 of the cars. The last of the 918 Spyders will be built and delivered in July, von Platen said.