Taking on Ferrari's 458 Italia
or its 458 Spider variant is no mean task. Accordingly, Porsche is whipping up an all-new product to not only match it, but surpass it. Unfortunately we'll have to wait about four years for its arrival.
So what is this new car? It's called the 960, according to CAR
, and it's set to slot in below the upcoming hyper-hybrid 918
(RSR variant pictured) and above the stable staple 911. Despite the differentiation, all three are likely to end up riding on a variation of the same core architecture.
The 960, unlike the 911
, will be mid-engined. It will also be rather expensive, likely north of $200,000. Despite its expense and Italia-aimed performance, it's expected to get a twin-turbo flat six, much like the heartier versions of the 911, with power to match at something like 600 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque.
It will likely be rear-wheel-drive only, though due to its platform-sharing, it may have the option of all-wheel drive. It's also expected to be available in roadster form. Expect loads of carbon fiber, styling catching a middle ground between the 911 and the 918, and ultimate performance in that neighborhood as well, meaning sub-three-second 0-60 mph times and more than 200 mph top speed are both likely._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.