Getting a bead on the target that is the so-called Porsche 960 is not easy, as the target keeps moving. First labeled the 960, then the 961, and now back to being called the 960, it is Porsche's take on a supercar specifically aimed at Ferrari – the latest report in Automobile says that Porsche's internal moniker for it is "FeFi," which stands for "Ferrari Fighter." Because it is expected to cost as much as the top-tier V12 Ferrari, Porsche wants the engine solution to justify the price tag. That means, according to author Georg Kacher, a 3.9-liter, quad-turbo flat-eight engine with 650 horsepower.

Last summer, the engine was mooted to be a twin-turbo flat six. A few months later, the rumor was that it would use the 4.6-liter V8 from the 918 and have about 570 horsepower. This new mid-engine configuration would be quite the leap, giving the 960 more power than the 918 Spyder (pictured) and 911 GT2 RS, and utilize other tech features like four adjustable camshafts and "a complex multistage intake manifold." In this scenario, power would be run through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.

Build materials are still slated to be a hodgepodge of materials including aluminum, steel, carbon fiber, titanium and magnesium. The boosted flat-eight, all-wheel drive and a 3,000-pound weight could get the 960 from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds. Since it is looking squarely at Ferrari, the idea that the 960 will be a "four-door coupe" can probably be put to rest. For now.


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      sloturbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      An updated Porsche Carrera GT. Sounds fantastic to me.
      ChrisTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love anything of the above but don't get carried away. Georg Kacher has predicted so much in the past that didn't materialize. He sells magazines and in this day and age is fishing for clicks with sensationalism. What didn't he tell Autobild readers about special kinds of forced induction at BMW. "Cascadechargers" that he claimed to have identified by their unique sound when they drove off from a BMW development facility etc etc. None of that was true.
      Gurble
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Last summer, the engine was MOOTED to be a twin-turbo flat six." - the **** does that even mean?
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      >quad turbo flat eight I...wat
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why the hell would they develop such a wacky engine when there is a perfectly good engine (the 4.6L V8) already here! This is just imagination running wild.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        Porsche has real internal grief about using the 'wrong' engine. One of the Grand Am teams uses the Cayenne V8 that they have developed in house. Ganassi used the flat six and that was ok, but Autosport using a 'truck' motor was unacceptable. I don't think we'll ever understand.
      mistabuck
      • 1 Year Ago
      That would be an instand classic
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Porsche has a history of doing more with less. Kind of like Ford using a 5.0 when Chevy had a 5.7 and they were always neck and neck. However, when Ferrari is talking about 900 total HP (between the engine and the KERS) and weigh targets well below 3000, I see Porsche having a tough fight. Giving up some power for traction sometimes wins, but giving up 30% plus more weight? Perhaps 0-60 is the holy grail they are aiming for, giving up on top speed, lap times, etc? I dunno. Either Porsche will radically underrate the power (happened before), they will come to their senses and realize it won\'t work, or they will look silly for picking a big target and missing.
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        This is supposed to go against the F12, not the F150. And the whole article is based on rumors anyway.
      adb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uh, yeah. Except for the fact that Porsche already announced they won't build it... http://www.inautonews.com/porsche-960-wont-be-produced#.UQF0QKz_C58
        Jonathan Arena
        • 1 Year Ago
        @adb
        When did this happen? I remember this conversation happening months before Autocar posted they had heard that the project was a go? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFNIqxTT_mw&feature=share&list=PL239B84BD346EEEFA WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?!?!?!?!
      gren99
      • 1 Year Ago
      hmm. i doubt it ever was going to be called 961 -- not unless porsche is now down to recycling model numbers, anyway. the 961 was the race-spec 959 that raced a few times in the mid '80s. i dunno if it applied to the paris-dakkar version and the road-racing lemans version equally, but the lemans version was definitely the original 961.
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Back to the 60's! Porsche played with the flat 8 in F1 and then endurance racing. Heck, the factory minions even installed an ex racing flat 8 in a 914 and gave it to Dr. Porsche as a gift! If they do a flat 8, can this point the way for the future of the 911 powerplant? Ruf has already done an in house rear engined V8 Ruf 911. It is lighter and more powerful than the best naturally aspirated Porsche flat 6. From all I have read, it handles better too.
      DyanRucar
      • 1 Year Ago
      When was the last time the world saw a horizontally opposed eight cylinder boxer engine? The quad turbine set up could either be good or bad, but either way..H8rs gonna H8
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DyanRucar
        There was a Soviet ear Czech sedan that had an air-cooled rear-mount flat-8. I\'d have to look it up, but they existed. I\'m thinking the 1950s or 60s.
          IOMTT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Drakkon
          Tatra...may have been a V8 though.
        IOMTT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DyanRucar
        Probably in a Porsche 908.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quad turbo 8cyl and 650hp? o.O
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