Porsche Spyder RS. Finger's crossed . . .
Zuffenhausen, Germany: Porsche has secretly been developing a new mid-engined supercar to fill the void left by the Carerra GT.
The two seat open top is planned to run a 3.4-litre V8 engine that, in its ultimate state of tune, is claimed to kick out in the region of 480bhp and reach the rear wheels via a seven speed double clutch gearbox.
My source in Zuffenhausen has even spilled information regarding the dimensions, indicating the new car is quite well advanced; if not at prototype mule stage, then not far off. Length is 1831 inches, width 787 inches and height 433 inches. That makes it more compact than the Carerra GT.
The idea is to assemble to the new car in limited numbers on a dedicated line at Porsche's Leipzig based plant in the former East Germany. Likely name? Spyder RS - the same nomenclature given to Porsche's race cars.
Problem is, Porsche has effectively been taken over by Volkswagen in the past week, which leads to the obvious question: will the new car ever be built?