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A Ferrari-beating Porsche in the making

Porsche working on a new flat-eight

10/07/2014 06:23 |  Comments: 


Our heavyweight champion, Balázs, or better known as Assur on the premises is the news writer of the mother site, Oh yes, he’s an automotive engineer too. They say there isn’t a data that has ever escaped his mind, all we know is that he can drop into any conversation about any car that was made after the war, and he’ll be able to add a ton of details you won’t ever be able to find in books. He has been thinking of selling his longserving Volvo for years, so he always has some used car adverts open on his computer, just in case. Has a wife and two (almost grown-up) children.

Porsche is to top up its sports car line-up with a new dream car. The aim is to give the Ferrari 458 a run for its money.

The 911 is a real legend, but its legendary 6-cylinder boxer engine in the back cannot compete with eight-cylinder supercars anymore. Not to say the 911 will be ditched, but a more expensive model is apparently already in the making. One that will feature an eight-cylinder mid-engine and could be faster than the Ferrari 458 and the McLaren 650S even.

The design of the new model code-named 988 was, as far as we know, inspired by the hybrid super sports car, the 918. Cheaper solutions will be needed to keep the price at bay, though, which is why an aluminium structure will be used and the model will only be available with one kind of engine, although that will be no ordinary one. The eight-cylinder is rumoured to be a boxer engine, just like the six-cylinder of the 911, with a cylinder capacity of 4 l maximum. Four turbos, two in each row are said to push the output towards 600 PS, with a torque of 550 Nm.

Judging by the alleged 2017 launch date, the development is still in the early stages. The 988 is rumoured to be the forerunner of Porsche’s new four-strong family of cars, with the sports car manufacturer using modular architecture, just as its parent company, Volkswagen has been doing for the past few decades. This means the designers develop panel elements that can be mixed and matched according to how powerful the car in the making is.

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