The V8-Powered Porsche 965 That Almost Became a 911

When you think of the Porsche 911, its iconic lines and trademark flat-six engine define the breed, but that doesn’t mean that Porsche engineers haven’t had their go at mettling with the recipe. In the late ‘80s, Porsche was hard at work on a prototype 911 with – gasp – a V8 engine. The car was meant to top the range of 911 models and succeed the vaunted 959, but in greater numbers and at a more affordable price point. However, powering the car became a bit of a grumble. Porsche’s flat-six with water-cooled heads was too complicated and expensive to work in large numbers, so a water-cooled Audi V8 was sourced for the prototype. RELATED: Check out photos of the Porsche 959 supercar
The result was the Porsche 965, and as you can see from the video, it wasn't completely fleshed out. It saw testing on public roads and made a case for its development, but in the end, Porsche upper-management lost interest in the project and a V8-powered 911 hasn’t been seen since. RELATED: See pics of the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3