By on July 9, 2014


Feeling outgunned by the Ferrari V8 family, Porsche is working on a suitable hunter that will be armed not with its long-standing flat-six, but with a new flat-eight.

Autocar reports the new vehicle — dubbed the 988 within Stuttgart — is part of a new quartet of Porsches in development, including a turbo-four version of the Boxster and Cayman, and an all-new 911. The 988 is expected to arrive in 2017, and may likely take after the 918 in looks with a long rear deck covering the mid-mounted flat-eight; all four new models will be in place by 2019.

Powering the quartet is a new family of boxers, ranging from the aforementioned 2-liter turbo-four — capable of 280 horsepower — to the 988’s 4-liter quad-turbo-eight, delivering 600 horses and ~400 lb-ft of 458 Italia-killing torque in testing.

Underpinning the quartets will be an all-new architecture that will use different backsides depending on the position of the boxer, shared front structures, and three front axles with optional hybrid/electric AWD such as the system powering the 918.

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21 Comments on “Porsche Developing Ferrari-Hunter With 600HP Flat-Eight...”

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    If you don’t make them more spacious, I can’t get excited about them.

    • 0 avatar

      Just a thought: Maybe an American-sized lover of American-sized muscle cars and SUVs is not the target demography for this?

      But thanks for your input anyway.

      Just the thought of how that flat 8 might sound gets me excited…

    • 0 avatar

      I’m looking for smaller and lighter. Give us something in CFRP with a turbo four.

      I cringed when I saw this photo. Was ist passiert?

    • 0 avatar

      Hard at work optimizing your youtube channel’s SEO, I see.

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    Well, I’m interested in what they come up with for a turbo flat four. It had better be outstanding or they face humiliation from a certain Japanese purveyor of wobbly CUVs. Will they stick with an IMS design? Have they reviewed the design of conrod bolts following the most recent GT3 disaster? Stay tuned while Dr Ing Dipl. minds stay glued to CAD screens exercising their Teutonic brain cells attempting to keep the 17% ROI intact.

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      The last IMS design was in 2008. Nothing particularly wrong with the design as long as you have a)decent lubrication and b)good bearings. The aftermarket fixes include one or the other or both. One in particular has a lubrication line directly to an upgraded bearing. The early car failure rate was so high it makes me wonder if SKF or Timken were consulted at all. I also wonder if driving style matters. I owned a 91 Carrera4 where the owners manual warned against lugging the engine – recommended keeping it above 2000 rpm. Try that in a Corvette and you’d mostly need half the gears.

  • avatar

    Will it Rock You Like A Huracan?

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    Porsche had better mind its manners or Sergio might ship a container of Hellcats to Maranello.

  • avatar
    Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

    Porsche DerPorsche?

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    Kyree S. Williams

    I’m not sure why Porsche thinks it competes with Ferrari. Porsche is a very prestigious brand, but most people would probably rather have a Ferrari for the same money. It’s similar to Mercedes-Benz’ uphill battle trying to compete with Bentley at the top end.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d buy a big Benz and this Porsche all day before I’d buy a 458 or a continental. The former are just classier than the latter.

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      As a Porsche owner I agree that most of the Ferrari offerings are better looking than the same from Porsche (918 level excepted).
      Hell my buddies Evora is better looking than much more expensive P cars and equal to most Ferraris.

      That said, the 911 is an easier car to live with PLUS it has useable back seats for kids/teens and petite women.
      I love the way Ferraris.look but I don’t think I’d want to own one.

      I have over 95,000 miles on my car and the only regret is that I didn’t get the Turbo. I don’t even want to think of the service and maint costs on a Ferrari for that many miles.

      I like this new concept (the flat six is pretty long in the tooth) but without even vestigial back seats its too bad for me.

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      Kyree S. Williams

      I’m not even saying that one is necessarily better than the other, but rather that the brand with more prestige typically wins out. Then again, that makes the lesser-branded cars real treasures, especially if there are fewer of them…

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    They need to make it exactly like the rendering above, that car is gorgeous. I would definitely not be opposed to that car with a mid-engined flat 8.

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    “and an all-new 911”

    Hah! I’ll look forward to seeing the new tail lights, a few new rim and paint options, and a 10% increase in price to accompany those aforementioned radical changes.

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    Interesting to note they’ve developed a modular platform with shared parts…means they plan to sell a LOT of these things, while keeping R&D/tooling costs low. It’ll be interesting to see where they’re going.

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    For all the gearheads, here is an interesting discussion of [vintage] Porsche flat 8 crankshaft design and firing order over at the AutoSport forums:

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    The challenge the 988 faces is that it probably won’t compete with the 458 by the time it’s in production; after all, we already have the tuned version in the Specials and a rumored turbo next year. I may be in error, but it seems like Ferrari has been pretty punctual in rolling out new mid-engine V8’s. Hopefully, Porache is not gearing up to fight the last war. (Not that I have a snowball’s chance in hell of affording either, but there’s nothing like competition to push development.)

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    That they’re developing something – anything – that ISN’T another SUV is fine enough news for me. It could be a friggin’ tricycle for all I care. This should be pretty cool though.

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