A Reddit user uploaded screenshots with prices of parts for the Porsche 918 Spyder and, surprise; there are a lot of zeros in there.
We all know that a million dollar car is going to have mega maintenance costs and if you take into consideration the sheer complexity of the 918 Spyder’s hybrid powertrain, then it’s no surprise that Porsche is asking for eye-watering amounts of money should you need a new part.
For example, should anything happen to the motorsport-derived naturally aspirated 4.6-litre V8 engine and boom, Porsche will ask $203,385 before tax to give you a replacement engine. Need a new transmission? That’ll be $70,000.
But these are the core components of a car and it makes some kind of sense in a million-dollar hypercar. The really painful prices are further down the list, like a single floor mat which costs $537. A single carbon brake rotor asks for $9k, a carbon seat goes for almost $9700.
If you scraped or broke anything from the underbody protection, you are going to need $20k to replace it. And remember, these prices are before any tax is applied.
If you thought though that parts prices for the 918 are astronomical, you clearly haven’t looked at the Carrera GT’s parts pricelist: a tad over $260k for a replacement engine, $52k for a new underbody protection and nearly $15k for a new clutch kit.
So in a twisted, weird way, the Porsche 918 Spyder is cheaper to run (kind of) than a Carrera GT and that’s good news for hypercar customers. As for the rest of us peasants, feel free to imagine how it would feel being asked $537 for a single floor mat.