Porsche executives have spoken in great detail about the possible development of a mid-engine supercar that would be positioned between the higher-performance 911 models and the limited-production 918 (shown above). A German newspaper Handelsblatt interview with , Porsche CEO Matthias Müller said “there would be room for a mid-engine sports car above the 911.” Such a model “in a price segment of 400,000 euros” has good chances of being built”.
The new mid-engine supercar will specifically target Ferrari’s 458 Italia and any successor—this benchmark will be sure to gain the attention of Ferdinand Piech, the head of the VW Group’s supervisory board and a Ferrari aficionado. He has gone on the record before saying that Porsche is “a diamond in need of being polished.” This car could be the car to fulfill his dreams. Also, the supercar would appeal to potential buyers who prefer the inherently balanced dynamics of mid-engine cars to rear-engine layouts such as the 911.
No details have emerged yet, but it’s very likely that the supercar will use many modular sports components as is in the next generation of Audi, Lamborghini and Porsche sports cars. You can assume 911-Turbo-topping power of 600 hp or more, 0-to-60 times in the three-to-four-second range, and a top speed north of 200 mph. The car will most likely use aluminum and carbon fiber to keep its weight down, it probably won’t be of hybrid technology like the upcoming 918—will be just about twice as expensive.
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