Could This Be Porsche’s New Mid-Range Supercar?
Porsche sets its sights on its Italian rivals Ferrari and Lamborghini
According to a recent report by Automobile magazine, Porsche is hard at work on a new model called the 960, which aims to take on the Italian automakers Ferrari and Lamborghini. 9 Magazine reported this information back in November when the rumors first broke. The Ferrari Fighter as the project was being called, has been supposedly been shortened to “FeFi,” by project managers at Porsche.
The image which looks more like an actual photo than a rendering recently posted by Automobile is strikingly similar to the artist rendering we obtained last year of the Ferrari Fighter. (See the above link) This may be a key indication that these images have some authentic design elements. The 960 is similar in look to the 918 in most respects and continues the mid-engine layout. However, the 960 would be smaller and lighter than the 918. Porsche is said to be using hi-tech lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, magnesium, titanium, and other composite elements to keep weight down to about 3000 pounds.
Initial rumors indicated that Porsche was considering a variation of the high-output flat six engine for the 960. New reports from Automobile suggest that Porsche might be developing a 3.9L boxer eight-cylinder to compete directly with the larger Italian motors.
According to the report, this proposed 3.9-liter boxer eight will be fitted with, four turbochargers and two intercoolers, and enough goodies achieve 650 horsepower and reach 60 from a dead standstill in 2.5 seconds.
The 960, if produced, won’t be a limited run or a one-off supercar like the 918 Spyder. Porsche hopes to sell 3000 to 4000 960’s each year globally for at least a six-year run. If true, production could begin as early as 2017. That leaves us wondering, what else is Porsche up to over there in Zuffenhausen?
Source/Photo: Automobile Magazine