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Porsche 960 to use a quad-turbo flat eight engine - report

 Porsche 960 to use a quad-turbo flat eight engine - report
Porsche 918 RSR, 1600, 10.01.2011

Could have 650 bhp (485 kW)

Quad-turbocharged engines are rarer than Danica Patrick having a podium finish, but that hasn't stopped Automobile Magazine from reporting the upcoming Porsche 960 mid-engine supercar will feature one of the exotic powertrains.

According to their sources, the model - codenamed FeFi (Ferrari Fighter) - will use a 3.9-liter flat eight engine with four turbochargers, two intercoolers and a multistage intake manifold. It is also expected to have four adjustable camshafts, a dual-stage exhaust and output of 650 bhp (485 kW).

The engine will likely be connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an all-wheel drive system. This could enable the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 2.5 seconds.

Little else is known about the car, but it will reportedly ride on a lightweight platform that incorporates aluminum, steel, carbon fiber, magnesium and titanium. These components could enable the model to weigh approximately 3000 lbs (1361 kg). There are also rumors of a GT variant which could eschew the all-wheel drive system for a 200 lbs (91 kg) weight reduction.

The Porsche 960 is slated to go into production in early 2017 and the company is reportedly expecting to sell 3000 to 4000 units annually.

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Comments (16)

DBaskov
Wow quad-turbo straight 8, that definably sounds exotic. I wonder how the engine is going to sound any better than already great sounding straight 6.
Jan 23, 2013 8:45 pm
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EdBacau
Flat8. They have flat6 engines now, not the same with straight engines.
Jan 24, 2013 1:27 am
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DBaskov
Noted.
Jan 24, 2013 12:38 pm
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Joao Oliveira
This is great, this os probably what the 918 should have been... This is going to be oh so much faster with 400KG less
Jan 23, 2013 5:46 pm
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Cale24
Sounds like a report of a report of a report- baseless. Still, I hope I'm wrong.
Jan 23, 2013 1:52 pm
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EdBacau
So where are the guys who said Porsche will turn soft under VW leadership ?
Jan 23, 2013 12:47 pm
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EMBJATI85
why not keep it simple and have rwd
Jan 23, 2013 12:12 pm
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EdBacau
AWD for the rich, RWD GT version for the rich who can drive.
Jan 23, 2013 12:42 pm
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AlexHohDesu
quad-turbo flat eight engine, no production engine has been this exotic design since the 3-rotor Wankel from the Mazda Eunos Cosmo or the scary W16 Quad Turbo from Bugatti (VW). But isn't the 918 supposed to be the flagship Porsche, this may eclipse that car's performance.
Jan 23, 2013 12:08 pm
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EnzoTinyu
By 2017, the 918 will be old news. They need to keep things fresh and interesting for the rich.
Jan 23, 2013 12:13 pm
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HelmydeMeester
It might be exotic, but imo it's also very retarded. Quad turbo, 8 cylinders, and only 650 hp? You can almost get that out of an NA V8 (SLS Black Series)...
Jan 23, 2013 2:29 pm
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pzxpjy
Totally agree. SLR Mclaren has even more horsepower than SLS BS. Porsche's 4.0 NA could do 500 hp (997 GT3 RS 4.0). NIssan's 3.8 V6 twin turbo also has the similar output. Is Porsche deliberately tuned it down to make it slot below the 918 ? Or, sacrifice for fuel economy ?
Jan 23, 2013 5:36 pm
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Joao Oliveira
The addition of turbos can be for extra engine response... and the mercedes V8 is 6.2l, the porsche probably will have the same engine as the 918 with only 4.6 liters... Ading more than 1 turbo normaly is for engine response, to having smaller turbos instead of a big sigle, smaller turbos have less turbo lag, and boost threshold.
Jan 23, 2013 5:44 pm
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EdBacau
@ HelmydeMeester, i hope you're just a troll, or you just don't know anything about engines.
Jan 24, 2013 1:43 am
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GTurbo
My kind of Porsche! Carrera GT on steroids.
Jan 23, 2013 12:04 pm
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Porsche3054
Its nothing like the Carrera GT.
Jan 23, 2013 5:18 pm
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