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Porsche 960 supercar set to trump Lambo and Ferrari

Killer-M | On 24, Jan 2013

Porsche 960 supercar set to trump Lambo and Ferrari

Featuring four turbochargers, two intercoolers, four adjustable camshafts, a complex multistage intake manifold, and dual-stage exhaust, the 3.9-liter engine is expected to deliver 650 hp and shoot the machine from a standstill to 100 km/h in an estimated 2.5 seconds.

With a mid engine design that’s very low mounted and connecting a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The 960 relies on an aluminum-intensive architecture supported by steel, carbon fiber, magnesium, titanium, and other composite elements to keep weight to about 3000 pounds.

All-wheel drive made the cut and adds close to 200 pounds but earns its keep by getting the power to the ground — 0 to 62 mph allegedly takes only 2.5 seconds.

If there’s one thing the Germans are good at, it’s bridging the gap in their model lineups. Right now, Porsche’s biggest task is to fill the space in between the 911 Turbo S and the 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar.

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.

 

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Initial rumors indicated that Porsche was considering a variation of the high-output flat six engine for the 960. New reports suggest that Porsche might be developing a 3.9L boxer eight-cylinder to compete directly with the larger Italian motors. Price range will likely cost as much as twelve-cylinder cars like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Lamborghini Aventador.

If we read the smoke signals that rise from the Weissach think tank right, project 960 has nothing much to do with the high-tech Porsche 918 Spyder any more. Instead, Porsche is moving heaven and earth to make the 960 the lead car for the new Mimo platform, which still has not been signed off due to political issues and a lack of a firm commitment on part of the other brands involved. Mimo is now known in-house as MSB-M, short for modular sports car matrix, mid-engined version. Earmarked to go into production in September 2015, the Porsche 960 would therefore be based on the same components set as the next 911 due in 2018.

The plans could also mesh with reports that Porsche will develop the next mid-engine architecture for Audi and Lamborghini, which will underpin the R8 and Gallardo in their next iterations.

 

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Yet another – rather strange, rendering of the Porsche 960 – this one looks almost like a shooting break design:

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Turns out the above image is a fake and a reproduction of the Maclaren MP12-C Below

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Comments

  1. ArjanVanG

    Basicly, it will be a Porsche 918 without KERS.

  2. stormypetrol

    “the existing 9X1/991/911”?? Just helps to emphasise how silly the current Porsche nomenclature is. Why on earth can’t we stick to numerically progressing model numbers–so that the “911” would refer ONLY to the original mid-sixties car? Surely Porsche could have had the wit to give all the rear-engined models the same name, whether or not “Carrera”… on the analogy of Boxster, Cayman, Panamera, etc.

    Of course the magnificent Carrera GT might then have to be renamed to avoid a clash with the “911” GT3, etc. But that name has always struck me as woefully unimaginative, not to say inappropriate, for such an instant classic. Does anyone else feel the same way, or am I just fatally pedantic?

  3. devotee

    I’d really like to see a Porsche that doesn’t rely on the 911( even this 918 wannabe is very much a 911 ) looks every single time.. really miss the progressive era that was the 924/Carrera/944, 928.

  4. Rick Reny

    A 3.9 liter quad turbo v8, sounds pretty badass, and I could see it pulling 2.5 0 to 60 with such a low weight. My only issue is with the extremely redundant and derivative styling. 360 modena nose, and mp4-12c side. This car is deserving of a fresher and more unique design aesthetic.

  5. iamthecygnet

    Dear Porsche 960 Rendering,
    You’re beautiful. Don’t ever change.

  6. jgf1031

    Wow that is impressive! I really like the styling of this compared to the subtle and familiar style of the 911. 650hp, AWD, and 3000lbs??! Wouldn’t be surprised if this car sets some acceleration records for production supercars. That 2.5 sec to 60 estimate is probably on the conservative side too, seeing as how the 911 Turbo S does the deed in 2.7 sec with less a lot less power and more weight. I wouldn’t be surprised if this car can blast through the quarter mile in the very low 10s if not under 10 sec. Sounds like a Ferrari Killer to me!

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