Volkswagen wants to change Porsche’s future
Moving 75,000 units annually, you might say that the German sports car maker Porsche is a pretty successful car company. But as soon as they joined the Volkswagen family, the expectations have gone up, way up. That is because the people’s car builder wants to double the output of their most recent acquisition. In order to do this Volkswagen is planning on a strategy that includes quite a bit of platform sharing. The VW Group has used this method of car construction for generations, allowing them to make everything from Volkswagen Golfs to Audi A3s to Skoda Octavias and even the SEAT Leon all from the same architecture. However with Porsche in their portfolio, VW would like to apply the same approach with their premium brands Like: Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini.
The first model to share a new platform will be the upcoming baby Boxster, this mid engine compact roadster will be based on the VW BlueSport concept and will be powered by a boosted four banger that will develop around 300 HP. Meanwhile Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda variations will be kept corked to make anywhere from 120 HP to 200 HP. In 2013 Porsche will also come out with a successor to their Carrera GT super car and the Cayenne will be replaced in 2017 by a lighter, more fuel efficient model. Meanwhile the highly anticipated compact crossover called Roxster will share the same platform as the Audi Q5, and although it has not yet been confirmed, a stretched version of the Panamera’s underpinnings will make the perfect foundation for a four door Bugatti super car.
As far as the classic 911 is concerned, the biggest changes to the rear engine sports coupe will be the inclusion of advanced lightweight components as well as innovative engine management technologies to not only make more power, but also do it in a more efficient manner.
Source: Car And Driver