Porsche 960 supercar set to trump Lambo and Ferrari
Killer-M | On 24, Jan 2013
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.
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.
Yet another – rather strange, rendering of the Porsche 960 – this one looks almost like a shooting break design:
Turns out the above image is a fake and a reproduction of the Maclaren MP12-C Below