Deep Dive: Porsche 960 Update

The Porsche 960, known internally as "FeFi" (for "Ferrari fighter") is moving full speed ahead. We last reported that the car would employ a high-output flat six, but that engine, although frugal and light, was deemed insufficient for a vehicle that will likely cost as much as twelve-cylinder cars like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Lamborghini Aventador. The solution: a boxer eight. Word has it that Volkswagen Group chief Ferdinand Piech approved this application. Piech used to drive a one-off Porsche 914 equipped with a boxer eight-cylinder, and, more recently, the chairman was said to be driving a Cayman fitted with a flat eight. 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. It will be mounted low in the middle of the car, connecting to 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. Porsche is resisting high-tech, heavy add-ons such as the 918's electric motors. 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 60 mph allegedly takes only 2.5 seconds. An even more raw, rear-wheel-drive GT edition may follow. No convertible, for now.

The design, forecast above by our illustrator, should hew closely to that of the 918, but the underlying architecture will be shared with everything from the next Boxster to the Aventador's successor. Unlike the 918, this won't be a limited-run model. Porsche thinks it can sell 3000 to 4000 of them annually over a six-year life cycle. Production in Zuffenhausen will likely commence in early 2017.

I don't get it.  Do they not realize how many real (standard) 911 models that they could sell (not Carrera models) if they could produce a car the size of the circa 1980 911 that weighed 1,100 kg with a 120 hp 4 cylinder base engine for say $24K.  Have VW and Karman build them.  But they worry about selling a few super expensive cars to compete with Ferrari.  It makes no sense.  The Carrera models are nice, but in my estimation they made a large mistake when they stopped making the plain 911 models in the mid 1980s..
Jason Bungard
Don't fret over the styling, the car has a lot of development ahead. What bothers me is Porsche's insistence on using small displacement engines. Ferrari and Lamborghini both use V12's in the 6 liter range. If Porsche were willing to increase the flat 8 to a modest 5 liters, it would easily dominate all comers.  And I'm uneasy about the 960 sharing it's chassis with Lamborghini, one of it's own rivals. Nothing we can do about that. 8^(
When I first saw the picture I seriously thought it was a MP4. I do like the styling, but I think it looks to much like an existing car.
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.
@jgf1031... according to your theory... 1000 hp in this car will do in 1.0 sec 0-60. Lol. Power is not enough. Traction and gearing. And there is a limit to it. That power may be used for top end based on gearing.
Lol... seems like copied from 360 modena and F430. Lol.
Dear Porsche 960 Rendering,You're beautiful. Don't ever change.-Cygnet
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!
@Jason Bungard:  Do you think that a street legal version of the 917 is what is needed?
@Jason Bungard Europe is pushing for less displacement and less cylinders, hence the reason for the Ferrari 458 Italia 4.5cc V8, the McLaren 3.8ltr V8, the Koensiegg 5ltr V8. Lambo and some Ferraris have the larger displacement v12, but that will soon be a thing of the past.
@COBRA-#002 I'm basing my statement on the fact that Porsche is always VERY conservative when they rate their 0-60 times. When the previous gen 911 was shown, Porsche estimated the car could hit 60 in 3.4 sec. That car actually accelerated to 60mph in 2.7 so if the trend continues, then wouldn't you say that the actual time could be lower than 2.5 sec??

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