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    • Porsche 960/961 Ferrari 458 rival reported to get a quad-turbo 3.9 liter flat-8 with 650 horsepower and only weigh 3000 pounds - Rendering and details

      Some eye opening numbers for the Porsche 960 being reported by Automobile. Quad-turbo 3.9 liter flat-8? 650 horsepower? 3000 pounds curb weight? Certainly amazing figures but it is highly doubtful they are accurate. Regardless, that is exactly what Automobile claims. This motor would be in a mid-engine configuration sending power to all four wheels and mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. Aluminum, magnesium, and carbon fiber would all help contribute to the low weight.

      This all seems somewhat unlikely. Especially that curb weight with all wheel drive. If the car were exactly what was listed here, what is the point of the 918 Spyder supercar? This would create redundancy. Additionally, the previous report of the 960/961 using the 4.6 liter motor already developed from the 918 spyder with 570-580 horsepower makes far more sense. It would also position the car closer to the 458 Italia price and performance wise.

      For now, treat this all as a rumor. A big one at that.


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      Comments 27 Comments
      1. mkodama's Avatar
        mkodama -
        I guess it's not worth completely discounted the possibility of a flat 8.

        No matter what the engine, I think this is a really cool direction for Porsche to pursue.
      1. kokostrollet's Avatar
        kokostrollet -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        But the 959 served as the basis for later Porsche turbo models.
        And what is your point? The 918 will serve as a basis for later Porsche models too. It will for sure if these rumours of a 960/961 is true.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by kokostrollet Click here to enlarge
        The 918 will serve as a basis for later Porsche models too.
        I feel it is more of a tech study whereas the 959 had a more practical application being built for Group B. Hence the race block.

        I don't see how the 918 drivetrain will apply to the 911 as the 911 won't get its V8.
      1. kokostrollet's Avatar
        kokostrollet -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I don't see how the 918 drivetrain will apply to 911 as it the 911 won't get its V8.
        Sure, but it very likely will for the 960/961 which we are discussing. As a matter of fact, Porsche has been very clear about the 918 being a test bench of tech that will end up in the other models eventually.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by kokostrollet Click here to enlarge
        Sure, but it very likely will for the 960/961 which we are discussing. As a matter of fact, Porsche has been very clear about the 918 being a test bench of tech that will end up in the other models eventually.
        I would agree with that, the V8 makes sense for the 960. Plus it's based on their actual V8 race motor. Makes far more sense than this quad turbo stuff.
      1. Sledgehammer's Avatar
        Sledgehammer -
        Good for Porsche anew model makes sense and a V8 sounds great... This with a Panamera wagon would be awesome for a garage.
      1. al pettee's Avatar
        al pettee -
        Only 650HP in a quad-turbo flat-8? Maybe 650WheelHP, and very tiny turbo's. But Georg Kacher isn't a nobody journalist. Still, I'd love to see a modern flat-8 motor. Click here to enlarge