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The V8 911 Porsche Should've Produced

All carmakers have a mythical room somewhere that houses a bunch of prototypes that, for one reason or another, never saw the light of day. Porsche just dropped a video from inside their super secret stash that details what might just be the greatest 911 that never saw production: this 965 prototype.

In the 1980s, they wanted to build a car that had comparable performance to the instantly legendary 959, but that wasn't as prohibitively expensive. So Porsche engineers went to their counterparts at sister company Audi, grabbed a V8, and somehow managed to shoehorn it in back.

If it looks somewhat innocuous, that's intentional. This prototype was so far down the path of development that the company's test drivers were evaluating it out on public roads, and they didn't want the world to know what they were up to. A lot of Porsche's die-hard fans are probably mortified at the thought of something other than a traditional flat six going into a 911, but the potential performance could've been astounding.


Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. He's convinced that all vintage cars should have a V8, but that won't get him to start drinking V8 juice.