And it'll be good to go in 2019?
Porsche long ago realized that it's missing out on a certain supercar segment, that of a mid-engined Ferrari 488 GTB fighter. The 918 Spyder is in a class or two above, while the 911 lineup, specifically the Turbo S, has a limit. Hence the need for a new model that'll slot in between and, according to Car Magazine, it'll be branded the 960. Specifically targeting the 488 as well as McLaren and Lamborghini, the 960 will likely be ready to go for 2019 and come priced in the $200,000 range.
It'll also be mid-engined, like the 718 Boxster and Cayman, but will ride on a newly developed platform made from "aluminum, high-strength steel, titanium and composites." A total weight of just over 3,000 lbs. is being targeted, which is roughly what the 488 weighs. What's the engine choice? You're going to like this: a claimed quad-turbocharged 3.9-liter flat-eight with around 650 hp. All-wheel drive is a likely option while all-wheel steering, found on the 911 GT3, won't happen due to weight issues. Porsche is also reportedly working on variable compression ratio systems which would help reduce emissions while still allowing the engine to deliver exhilarating performance.
Car also theorizes that, when equipped with AWD, the 960 will have a 0-62 mph time of around 2.5 seconds. Porsche told Car that it doesn't comment on future product, but the UK magazine claims the info comes from inside sources. We're really hoping this all turns out to be true.