Porsche has announced a recall of a portion of its 918 Spyder supercars, the company’s most expensive vehicle. The recall has been issued for a potential defect with rear-axle components.
According to Suttgart, the Germany-based unit of Volkswagen Auto Group, the issue was detected during regular quality checks, with 46 cars being affected.
Porsche says that all the owners of the affected cars “were contacted individually by their respective sales organization” to inform them of the recall. No accidents or injuries have been reported in relation to this issue.
The production of the $845,000 plug-in hybrid supercar will be limited to 918 units to highlight the exclusivity of the car and the Porsche brand. The first owners received the vehicle back in March, with Porsche expecting all of the units to be sold out by December. Porsche Chief Executive Officer Matthias Mueller said that the luxury automaker will not sell a single additional vehicle, as it would be unfair to the exclusive owners.
Porsche unveiled the 918 Spyder at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt one year ago. The supercar can go from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds and achieve a combined fuel rating of 3.5 litres per 100 kilometres. To put this fuel efficiency number in perspective, the Toyota Prius hybrid gets 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres.
Porsche has been putting up steady numbers over the past few years, including a 15-per-cent delivery growth rate in 2013. The luxury-brand automaker will continue to ride this high by introducing a fresh version of the brand’s bestselling mode, the Cayenne SUV, at the Paris auto show next month.