Porsche 960 Bumped up to a Boxer Eight-Cylinder Engine
Most of you know that Porsche is preparing a new sports car that will take on models from Ferrari, which is evident by its internal name of "FeFi" ("Ferrari fighter"). Previous rumors suggested that the next 960 will be offered with a high-output flat-six engine with an output of 600 horsepower, but new details suggest that Porsche will move upmarket and target models like Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Lamborghini Aventador.
In order to deliver the extra power, Porsche decided to use a boxer eight-cylinder engine featuring four turbochargers, two intercoolers, four adjustable camshafts, a complex multistage intake manifold and dual-stage exhaust. As a result, the engine will likely deliver 650 horsepower. Sure, that’s a little less than the 740 horsepower offered by its Italian competitor, but maybe Porsche will find a solution for this problem.
The engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in a rumored 2.5 seconds.
The next 960 will featuring an aluminum-intensive architecture combined with carbon fiber, magnesium, titanium and much more in an attempt to keep weight down to about 3,000 pounds.
Porsche plans to build 3,000 to 4,000 units a year and production will start in 2017.