Car could be powered by a quad-turbocharged 3.9-liter flat-eight engine.

We haven't heard much about Porsche's mid-engine supercar lately but Car Magazine has discovered the automaker trademarked the 960 moniker last September.

When asked about the trademark, an unidentified spokesperson trotted out the usual statement about not commenting on future products but also noted, "There’s not been much on the topic of new models but, if you look, there are blank spots in our range – and you have to look at what the competition is doing and keep these things in mind."

That's not much to go on but the magazine believes the car will be launched in 2019 and will compete with the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 650S.  The report goes on to say the model will ride on a new lightweight platform that uses aluminum, titanium, high-strength steel, and an assortment of composites. This could enable the car to weigh as little as 3086 pounds.

Porsche reportedly considered an assortment of different engines for the 960 but has apparently settled on a quad-turbocharged 3.9-liter flat-eight engine that develops about 650 horsepower.  Nothing is official but the magazine suggests the engine could use a variable compression ratio system called "VarioCom" to reduce emissions and increase fuel-efficiency.  Regardless of how eco-friendly the engine is, it could enable the 960 to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour in as little as 2.5 seconds.

If the rumors pan out, the Porsche 960 will be launched by the end of the decade and cost approximately £200,000 ($290,745).

Source: Car Magazine

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