The sprawling Volkswagen Empire is in the process of consolidating its vehicle architectures. To help quell the industrial chaos Porsche was put in charge of sports-car development, but now it’s reported the next-generation Audi R8 will not share Zuffenhausen’s latest architecture.
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Fans of the 928, your time has come: Porsche is readying a successor to the legendary grand tourer, and this time it will be a coupe with a V8 engine. Sound familiar, 928 masochists?
According to Germany’s Autobild the car will be called the Porsche 961—a designation last used on a Le Mans racer version of the mighty 959 in 1986, complete with quad-colored Rothmans livery. This one aims to be just as much of a flagship, with influence from the 918 Spyder and potentially a similar hybrid-electric powertrain, good for 600 horsepower.
And when it comes out in 2013, expect lots of ads extolling how it is not merely a coupe version of the 918. Nope, not at all, not even close.
Then again, this is just the latest rumor about a new Porsche coupe, with the other camp believing its a front-engine model, something like a Panamera coupe. Take your pick.