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More Details Emerge On Porsche's Mid-Level Supercar

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On: Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 8:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

More Details Emerge On Porsche's Mid-Level Supercar

It's a rather ambiguous time to be a diehard Porsche fan. On the one hand, you've spent the better part of the decade watching Porsche water down what was once a hardcore sports car brand with offerings like the Cayenne, Panamera, and upcoming Cajun. On the other hand, Porsche has committed to building its first supercar since the ever-exciting 959 and may very well be building a second car above and beyond the 911 range. It's a real bit of give-and-take.

While Porsche has yet to publicly commit to that last sports car, more and more details are starting to emerge.

Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller recently hinted at his desire to build a mid-level supercar to slot between the 911 line and the 918 Spyder, stating: "It always irritated me that the 911 tops out at €250,000 ($340,000) and then the 918 continues starting at €750,000. In between, Ferrari moseys around relatively comfortably and without any competition. That is where we need to be. There is still space for a larger sports car, one like the 959 that we built in the 1980s."

Mueller's quote proves that there is a will for a mid-level supercar, and Car magazine suggests the 'way' is being paved. The British auto rag states that Porsche is in the process of developing the mid-engined sports car codenamed 960. That name shows that Mueller was quite serious about the car being somewhat of a reincarnation of the venerable 959.

The car won't rely on existing architecture, as previously thought, but will be based on the Mimo platform which is currently being developed by the greater VW Group. That platform has yet to get the official green light, so it looks like the 960's fate still hangs in the air.

The fresh platform is expected to give enough of a sporty, high-end air to fetch somewhere around 200,000 pounds (app. $315,000). It will also be highly modular, underpinning a variety of VW Group cars, including a rear-engined version to be used in the 911 line.

The 960 is expected to go into production around 2015. Engine-wise, current rumor is a 3.8-liter twin-turbo boxer V-6 worth roughly 600 horses. Roadster and coupe variants are likely.


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