Grab a box of tissue, and get ready for more distressing news; insiders say that Porsche’s Ferrari 458-fighter is reportedly still nothing more than an abstract wish.
According to the UK’s Autocar, Porsche CEO Matthias Müller shared his vision of the Porsche Type 988 (as it is internally known) very soon after attaining his office: a supercar that would sit between the 911 and 918 as Porsche’s Ferrari 458-fighter. The car was to be powered by a 4.0 liter eight-cylinder, putting down about 600 steeds and churning over 400 pound-feet of torque.
But with the marque’s ever-busy state, working on the second-generation of the Porsche Panamera, as well as the new Cayenne, and refreshes for the Boxster/Cayman duo and 911, the Porsche Type 988 still has yet to be green-lit.
We guess it shouldn’t come as any surprise, given the recent cancellation of the 718 roadster that was to serve as an entry-level “bare bones” sportscar. But we are allowing ourselves to be disappointed, as the idea of a Type 988 more capable than a 911, while relatively attainable for those with means (as compared to the $850,000+ 918 Spyder), was a very appealing one.
Oh well. We wish the very best for the marque. After all, the sooner Porsche reaches 200,000 annual sales, the sooner Porsche’s Ferrari 458-fighter becomes a reality.