The Porsche 911, since that was the first time, was almost always used a engine placed in the rear of the vehicle, just behind the rear axle. Theoretically, this up of the propellant is not the most effective for a vehicle of high performance for that of the famous distribution of weight, which would lose grip to the front wheels at the exit of the curves. It is difficult to explain, but even so, Porsche is able to keep glued to their 4 tires to the asphalt.
The alarm went off a few weeks ago, the Porsche 911 RSR. It’s a car specifically to competition, in which the signing of Stuttgart has decided to to advance the position of the engine and leave it in front of the rear axle; that is to say, the Porsche 911 RSR is the first Porsche 911 central engine. This made many think that the next generation of the “nine eleven” would lose its distinctive propeller rear in favor of a central engine.
One of the advantages that achieved by Porsche in the 911 with the engine placed at the end of the body is a passenger compartment with a relatively wide. I will say that the two rear seats are almost laughable, and you are right, but the central engine the would eliminate completely as it happens with the vehicles of its competition such as Ferrari, Lamborghini or McLaren. There will be two places very narrow, but that will be able to get us out of a trouble in any occasion; although not on a trip.
on the other hand, also is heard weak rumors on the Porsche 911, as happened some months ago with 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, leave aside the 6-cylinder engines with the pistons pushing on a horizontal and opposite in favour of tetracilíndricos supercharged. This seems to be completely ruled out in the German mark, although it would be possible yes, see Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid for the next generation.
Source – Car and Driver