It's not official – yet – but Car and Driver caught Porsche executives discussing a new addition to the lineup. Rumor has it that the German automaker is looking to add a mid-engined supercar to the family, slotting above the 911 range, but below the upcoming 918. This new model will be Porsche's answer to the Ferrari 458 Italia.

Early estimates on the price tag? Somewhere in the neighborhood of €400,000 – about $568,000 based on current exchange rates (yikes!). Car and Driver speculates that this exotic supercar will utilize a powerplant that produces over 600 horsepower, which should help push 0-60-mile-per-hour times into the three-second range, while top speed could hover as high as 220 mph.

This move should help keep Porsche purists happy, with the knowledge that a high-performance coupe will join a lineup of vehicles they're entirely in love with. Still, those vehicles (read: Panamera and Cayenne) supply the cash to build super sports cars. You can't have the sweet without the sour... and in this case, the sour is actually pretty sweet, too.


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      matt
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope this doesn't turn out to be a rebadged Gallardo.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        You guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        I vote for a flat-8. All this V configuration crap has to go. LOL
        • 3 Years Ago
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      stvnsngltn
      • 3 Years Ago
      So........I guess only us poor people are suppose to conserve gas? If everyone is abiding by the same laws, arently we all following the same speed limit? I have yet to see a speed posted at 220 miles per hour!
        throwback
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stvnsngltn
        That's what track days are for! Also, a Prius passed me on the way to work, I was doing 55 she was going about 65.
      Mike B
      • 3 Years Ago
      Other sources estimate a price about $200k-250k, there's no way they'll sell a 458/MP4-12C/Gallardo competitor at double the price, on another note, this segment is getting very interesting, 458, MP4-12C, this new Porche, the Espirit and the Cabrera (Gallardo replacement) coming around 2013.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Right between the 911 and 918 - Porsche 914.5? btw: Price tag made me giggle, oh a Ferrari 458 competitor at more than twice the price. I thought Germans were good at math?
        matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        I was thinking the same thing. If the MSRP of the Italia is about $230k, this isn't a competitor at all. It's a halo vehicle that isn't really a halo vehicle because the 918 is the halo vehicle (my head is spinning)
      don
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hi Jeff, the conversion price you mention is getting much attention in this thread. The numbers you mention are not accurate. The US market prices are always much less than other markets. This is generally due to volume of sales but also to be competitive within it's market. I'd estimate this car to base out at $220K - $350K fully loaded with full customization. It simply wouldn't sell for $600K.
      third3ye82
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny because I thought Porsche's answer to the 458 was the GT2.
        Mike B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @third3ye82
        The GT2 is the answer to the Ferrari V8 track version (think CS, Scuderia), but the leap in performance from the F430 done by the 458 was so big that the planned MKII 997 GT2 couldn't even compete with the base model, let alone a 458 Scuderia, (they released the limited edition GT2 RS instead... which given the equal performing tires is no faster than the 458 other than straight line) Porsche knows that a souped up 991 won't be fast enough, so their making a mid engine supercar to be on equal footing.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      "This move should help keep Porsche purists happy, with the knowledge that a high-performance coupe will join a lineup of vehicles they're entirely in love with." not Proofread before you post
      • 3 Years Ago
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      marks2522
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got a 1994 vette that would keep up with that baby.Over 1000H.P. with 25# on the blower.And over 200 M.P. H.
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marks2522
        You and a Christmas turkey have at least one thing in common. Guess what it is.
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @marks2522
        Once to 200mph+ is about it for the vette.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Should folks who can afford a car like this, be taxed a small percentage to help cover the trillions in US deficit or should we just keep taking from the folks who can barely afford a Ford Fiesta?? Just a thought !
        TokyoRemix
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        YESSSSSSS
        stinger536
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        No they shouldn't. If you can't afford a Fiesta you probably don't pay any taxes and are being supported by the rest of us, which I never signed up for. The rich will never collect unemployment, welfare or free government cheese and they're already paying the bills for 70% of us. I don't envy them, I applaud them. It should give all of us something to shoot for.
          kenkeune
          • 3 Years Ago
          @stinger536
          Yep. 10% layed off and 50% of the American people are on welfare. And they are all libs. Glad I'm not in that group.
          waywongwoo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @stinger536
          You are gravely mistaken if you think the poor do not pay taxes...They pay sales tax and unemployme­nt tax if they are working-ev­en if it is below the poverty line. To qoute another user - The poor through sales taxes, gasoline taxes, etc. pay a much steeper percentage of their income in some form of taxes than any other income level. At the end of the week, most poor people -- and I am excluding those who waste money on drugs and booze -- have nothing left in their pocket. Those earning more than $250,000 -- again excluding those who waste money on drugs or booze -- at the end of the week have plenty left in their pocket if they have been using the same budget skills on their homes as in their business life. And the poor usually don't have a home they own, their car is old, needs repairs and much of their clothing comes from thrift stores, Wa-Mart sales, etc. The $250,000 folks usually have a home, a vacation property, at least two relatively new cars and their clothes come new from decent stores, and occasional­ly they can splurge on neat gifts, a special dinner out once a month or more, etc., and still have a plus balance in their account. It helps if your parents were well-off and it really stinks if your parents are poor.
          Kimithechamp
          • 3 Years Ago
          @stinger536
          waywongwoo, poor people, by the very nature of our tax structure, do not pay anywhere near as much, per percentage, as those earning in the top 1%... there is absolutely no imperical data to support your position. However, you're right, when your incredibly wealthy, its easy to have a substantial (what would commonly be considered so) sum left over even if you are taxed at a higher rate than anyone else, and even when you pay the same amount at the pump for gas... This whole "blame the rich for being rich" attitude is exactly how the poor stay poor. In a land based on freedom and equality, I find it repugnant that a such a seemingly large section of society now looks down upon attaining wealth. Moreover, you hint at the idea that the "rich" are only in this position because they were grandfathered in by their parents... Should I then look at those born into poverty as parasites from birth? Obviously not. And to Michael, not only are we already doing that, but what are you doing posting this terribly unrelated comment in the first place? I'm sure there are blogs where you can raise those questions all day... and it isn't AB.
        SamBlob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Folks who can afford a car like this already pay a lot of taxes. Why force them to pay more?
          waywongwoo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SamBlob
          Kimithechamp, That's because you can't argue against it.... Corporatio­ns, no matter what the courts say, aren't people. I don't care that individual­s who don't make much money don't pay taxes. I do care that the top corporatio­ns, who make billions off the lower and middle classes every quarter, don't pay taxes (exxon, GE). Then the taxes we do pay go right back to the rich in other subsidies and defense spending. Capitalism is socialism for the rich. Let's face it, no matter what your political leaning, a new hybrid socio-econ­omic system is needed in order to sustain humanity and provide freedom for everyone. always money for the rich. Always money for war. Always enough to cut the tax rates. Always enough to send aid to foreign government­s. But never enough to feed our hungry. Never enough to see they get proper medical treatment, schools and homes.
          waywongwoo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SamBlob
          I Should mention that newly released Lamborghin­i and Ferrari's car first year's production is SOLD OUT? A majority of those cars sold to Americans, that Top 1% that some people want to defend? C'mon! Those people can afford the SLIGHT increase in tax that most people are calling for.
          Kimithechamp
          • 3 Years Ago
          @SamBlob
          waywongwoo, I'd argue against your last comment, but you haven't provided anything new from the first...
        KK
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        They are ALREADY paying the taxes. Why shouldn't YOU pay your share? 50% don't pay anything....talk to them.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        TokyoRemix
        • 3 Years Ago
        1. Porsche is the first sports car maker to embrace hybrid technology, and all-electric Porsches are in the mix. They're far from "old tech". 2. The 918 Spyder is brilliant for the eco movement. While it may not be as green as you'd like, it acts the same way as any "halo" model does -- making cheaper cars like it ("eco" cars) more attractive by association. 3. You really need to stop trolling EVERY Autoblog post with stuff about EVs. We get it. You like EVs. But when a casual reader like me recognizes your name instantly and knows what you're going to say in response to something as unrelated to EVs as a classic car auction post, it's past enthusiasm. You're terrorizing the blogosphere. Please stop.
          Krishan Mistry
          • 3 Years Ago
          @TokyoRemix
          Notice he NEVER comments on EV articles, only on articles where he can criticize someone or something as primitive and their days numbered. His posts actually make me dislike electric cars and greenies more than I would otherwise.
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