Porsche is going to get a new supercar to effectively compete with rivals McClaren and Ferrari, but you better start saving right now: the new car is expected to be priced at more than £350,000.
The CEO of Porsche, Matthias Muller, has said in an interview with a German newspaper that the Porsche 961 will fit in above the current 911 model. He expressed the belief that there was a need in the marketplace for a mid-engine sports car that "in a price segment of 400,000 euros has a good chance of being built."
The new car will apparently replace the Porsche Carrera GT supercar that entered the market at £320,000 in 2004. It would still be priced well below the £678,000 of the limited edition 918 Spyder.
The motoring press has published spy shots of the 961 and first impressions are that it will be a worthy successor to the Porsche Carrera GT. The name revives a badge that was last used in the eighties: the Porsche 959 was designed to compete in Group B sports car racing at the time.
Details on the chassis and engine to be used in the new model are still sketchy, but expect power output in the region of 600bhp. What we will most likely see is a turbo version of the engine used in the RS Spyder Racer, which was a high-revving 3.4-litre V8.
If you can afford one of these beauties, expect an acceleration figure for the 0-60 sprint in the region of three seconds and a top speed of well above 220mph.
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