Automobile manufacturers have been seeking for ways to sell more automobiles in order to compete with other major automakers, especially in emerging markets such as China and South America. And one of the most prime examples of this is the Volkswagen Group, including their familial brands such as Audi and Porsche. That said, word in the pipeline is that Porsche will be following the way of its parental brethren by expanding their lineup to rack up greater sales figures.
As a way to increase sales, Porsche will apparently be working on a secondary sports car based off of the insane 918 Spyder, which could result in a more affordable version. According to Automobile, the new model should be called the 984, which when broken down, translates from Porsche’s internal engineering jargon into “9” for sports car, “8” for the number of cylinders it will have, and “4” for the number of seats. And because four seats might be in the mix, there’s a slim chance that the new sports car could be a successor to the Porsche 928 or the 944, which had rear seats…for two half children.
Expect an elongated version of the 918’s chassis, with equally the amount of carbon fiber, though reinforced to handle the greater proportions. A dry-sump V8 that still sits at the middle, rear-wheel drive, and two-extra doors for a possible “four-door coupe” layout.
– By: Chris Chin