When Porsche announced plans for a new supercar that will take on models like the Ferrari 458 Italia, it was believed that the new model would be built on an entirely new platform. Apparently, Porsche was forced to change its plans because Volkswagen is suggesting that the company use the same platform as the next Audi R8. The logical explanation behind it is that Volkswagen thinks the next R8 platform will provide a suitable architecture for the Porsche, but really it all comes down to saving some cash on development.
Porsche is dead-set on using a bespoke platform, but if they do, they may be delaying the release of their new sports car to about 2020, alongside the third generation of the R8 and Gallardo. That long wait may be the only reason Porsche decides to give in to Volkswagen and use the R8’s underpinnings. The market may lose interest in the vehicle if they are forced to wait that long.
Regardless of Porsche’s decision, the new Audi R8 facelift will be headed to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show for its unveiling. The car will receive both exterior and interior updates, as well as an increase in power. The base 4.2L V8 will jump to 444 HP from the current 424 HP and the 5.2L V10 will be tuned to deliver 533 HP, up from the current 518 HP.