In an interview with Car and Driver, Porsche CEO, Matthias Mueller, recently confirmed the production of a new supercar to be slotted between the 911 and the 918 . Now the head honcho is making it even more official with an official confirmation of the new model ready to tackle the competition; here’s looking at you, Ferrari 458 Italia .
In his statement, Mueller said, "It always irritated me that the (most expensive) 911 tops out at 250,000 euros ($360,000) and then the 918 continues starting at 750,000 euros ($1,080,000). In between, Ferrari cavorts around relatively comfortably and without any competition. That is where we need to be. There is still space for a larger sports car, one like the 959 that we built in the 1980s."
The new Porsche model will be priced between 250,000 euros ($360,000) and 400,000 euros ($580,000), and it will be the eighth model in Porsche’s future line-up. It will join the current four models as well as the upcoming small mid-engine roadster patterned on the 550 Spyder , the smaller SUV dubbed the Cajun , and a smaller version of the Panamera GT . The new Porsche supercar, along with the brand’s other new models, will help seal the deal in Porsche’s attempt to boost annual global sales to more than 200,000 units by 2018.
Image is a rendering of what we think this new supercar will be, the 2013 Porsche 961.
gallery: Porsche 911/991
gallery: Porsche 918 Spyder Concept