Report: Porsche 960 to don quad-turbo flat-eight engine, to see production by 2017

Remember that rumored mid-engined Porsche supercar, which seems to have a mission of succeeding the outrageous Porsche Carrera GT from some years ago? It appears Automobile has been able to dive further into the rumor by obtaining some info about it.

According to the report, the new Porsche mid-engined supercar is internally coded the Porsche 960 and will run shoulder to shoulder with the sexy Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the maniacal Lamborghini Aventador. However, the Porsche 960 reportedly holds a secret under its centered hood: a flat-eight engine.

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Originally, reports suggested a high-output flat-six was going to be utilized. But apparently, Porsche thought that it was rather insufficient for a car designed to run with hot runners like the F12 and the Aventador. So a boxer-eight was their solution.

According to the Interwebz, the only other flat-eight engine made for car use was produced only for racing application by Porsche in Formula One in the late 1960s. The engine then evolved to see air-cooled duty in the infamous LeMans Porsche 908. Otherwise, this new boxer-eight is the first of its kind in a production road car application. Other forms of boxer engines come in four-, six-, and several times in history by Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, twelve-cylinders.

Porsche has had some one-off road legal boxer-eight engines specially built for Volkswagen Group’s chief, Ferdinand Piech. Recently, Piech has been allegedly motoring about in a boxer-eight powered Cayman.

The rumored engine for the Porsche 960 is said to utilize a quad-turbo setup with two intercoolers, four adjustable camshafts, a multistage intake manifold, and a dual-stage exhaust. Displacing only 3.9L, power delivery is expected to hover around 650hp. Thanks to the flat-engine design and mid-engined placement, the center of gravity will be extremely low while a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic channels power to all four wheels.

The Porsche 960 will rely mainly on aluminum for its shell with steel, carbon fiber, magnesium, titanium, and other composite materials to peg the curb weight around 3,000lbs. And no hybrid-electric gadgetry here either.

Zero to 60 times are presumed to be around 2.5 seconds and a harder rear-wheel drive version may also see fruition. Porsche expects to more about 3,000-4,000 of these 960s over a six-year life cycle with production predicted to begin in early 2017.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: Automobile