2015 Porsche 960 four-door coupe to rival Ferrari 458

An all-new four-door coupe from Porsche is on the way, codenamed the Porsche 960. The sleek sedan will feature a mid-mounted engine layout, and rest on Volkswagen’s new MSB-M platform.

We already know Porsche is looking to tackle the Ferrari 458 with a new model offering mid-mounted engine performance, only it’s now understood it will be in four-door guise. The new car is set to sit underneath the showroom-topping Porsche 918, and above the hottest of Porsche 911s.

Interestingly, the new Porsche 960 will be based on Volkswagen’s new, and just-approved MSB-M platform (modular sports car matrix), which is set to underpin upcoming Lamborghini vehicles, the Audi R8, as well as, eventually, the Porsche 911.

According to reports the 960 is set to feature a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six producing around 450kW. This style of engine is apparently favoured due to its compact design and economical nature compared with a V8. It will also be cheaper for Porsche to engineer, based on the 911 engine.

The MSB-M platform will be designed for rear- and all-wheel drive applications, however, we could expect the 960 to come in sporty rear-wheel drive form.

The new model is being planned for 2015, and will likely be priced above the Panamera.