New mid-engine Porsche to rival Ferrari 458 Italia

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Porsche is planning to built a mid-engine sports car that is between the 911 Turbo and 918 Spyder range. It is currently in the planning stage. Porsche is studying the economy feasibility of this new platform.

“We’re looking to extend the range,” Porsche boss Mathias Muller revealed in a recent interview. “We’ve got an idea to do another mid-engined model. We’re thinking above the 911 but below the 918 Spyder.”

Currently, Porsche is considering whether to build the new mid-engine Porsche with carbon fiber monoque frame or an aluminum body structure like the Audi R8, which is much cheaper to build. To stay competitive, it is likely that we will see this new mid-engine Porsche with an aluminum frame instead. Porsche states that the front end should be similar to the to the 911 Turbo while the rear end may be similar to the Porsche Cayman, but only bigger to accommodate the bigger engine.

“We have ideas on styling and design, which we will continue to develop in the coming months,” he revealed. “We’ll also evaluate the economic side and then decide [whether to push ahead].”

Porsche plans to build about 3,000 units of the new mid-engine Porsche a year. The new mid-engine Porsche is expected to be powered by a V8 engine producing at least 600 horsepower, and it will have a price tag around € 200,000 ($282,920). This will put the mid-engine Porsche in the same segment as the Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Gallardo and McLaren MP4-12C.

We’ll have more details in a month, so stay tuned…