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Porsche To Develop Next Generation R8 and Gallardo Platform

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On: Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche To Develop Next Generation R8 and Gallardo Platform

Nearly a year ago, Porsche was given the reins of Volkswagen AG sports car and large luxury sedan development. A report earlier this month brought up some questions about how that was going to actually play out in reality. The Autocar report stated that instead of developing its own platform for a mid-level 458-fighter slotted between the 911 and 918 Spyder, Porsche was destined to borrow the carbon-aluminum platform from the next-generation Audi R8.

As you might expect, Porsche brass wasn't happy with the way reports were going and are now on record stating that Porsche will actually be the one designing the platform, and the Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo the ones borrowing it.

Motor Trendreports that the next Audi R8, which will launch as a 2013 model, will use the Audi-developed carbon-aluminum platform, just likeAutocarsaid. Audi will replace many existing aluminum parts with carbon fiber, cutting around 220 lbs. of weight off the R8. The weight loss will allow Audi to power the car with its new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine as opposed to the current V-8 and V-10 options. The new V-8 option should offer around the same 430-hp and 525-hp as the outgoing engines, and the lighter weight will ensure it offers all the same (if not more) performance.

While Audi will build its own platform for the 2013 R8, it will eventually switch over to a Porsche-developed platform. And that means that Porsche will not borrow the Audi platform for its potential mid-engined 458 competitor, but will develop its own platform for that model. The Audi R8 and Lamborghini Gallardo will adopt the platform when it's ready.

Porsche's mid-level supercar has yet to be green-lighted and a business case is currently being developed.

Porsche chief Mattias Mueller toldMotor Trend: "That supercar is just an idea at the moment. We have five model lines including the Cajun]. This is a possible sixth. I've said there is a big gap in price between the 911 Turbo and the 918 Spyder. But every time we do a new model line, we need customers wanting a Porsche in that segment, and see if that segment is big enough and whether there is a business case”.



Stephy21 | 11:43AM (Mon, Nov 28, 2011)

Cant wait to see this new line up.

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