Porsche is on the brink of bringing its 918 Spyder sports car to market, but that doesn’t mean it’s tapped the top rung of its performance potential.
Somewhere in Porsche’s Stuttgart labs, the range-topping 960 frankencar is still brewing, and the latest reports suggest there’s been a change in engine plans. According to Automobile, the car’s previously charted course toward a high-output flat six was too weak to compete against 12-cylinder supercars like the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.
Now, word has it the car will come with a 3.9-liter boxer eight-cylinder engine capable of 650 hp. It would be mounted low in the middle of the car and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Porsche’s target curb weight is under 3,000 lbs, which likely means it can’t consider heavy technology like the hybrid system being used in the 918 Spyder. Despite weight concerns, the car will have all-wheel drive, with an even lighter rear-wheel drive version likely to follow.
Even without that weight loss, the car is said to be capable of a 2.5-second 0-60 run. Previous reports suggested the car would be reach production in 2015, but that seems to have been pushed back to 2017.
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