• Jul 2, 2007

Porsche of late is doing everything to remain in the news. Crystal balls are still trying to glean what Porsche plans to do with Lamborghini and Bugatti, which have thrived under Audi's watch. Now the brand, for which there is no substitute, has struck a deal with Audi to develop an entry level sports car called the R4 as well as the next Boxster and Cayman. The R-car will be the lowest rung in an "R" lineup that will hop even numbers from R4 to R10.

The R-cars will be geared not to compete with Porsche models: the R4 will ride below the Boxster and use turboed 4- and 5-cylinder engines. The R6 sandwiched by the 911 and Boxster, the second generation R8 to come in coupe and roadster versions, and an R10 supercar based on Audi's perennial Le Mans conqueror.

What will each party get? Audi gets Porsche engineering, Porsche gets aluminum spaceframes, diesel tech, DSG for all torque ratings, and they both get massive R&D savings. Both the R4 and the Boxster will then benefit from each company's pool of goodies, like night vision, heads-up display, brake energy recuperation, MagnaRide from Audi, and PDC from Porsche. The only thing left to decide is the timing: the Panamera drops in 2009, and Audi wants the R4 in showrooms in 2010. Stay tuned for a lot of in-house wrangling and a slew of hot new sports cars.

[Source: Car Magazine via eGM Car Tech]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      (Porsche) OWNS { (Volkswagen) OWNS (Bugatti + Bentley + Seat + Skoda) + (Audi owns Lamborghini) }
      • 7 Years Ago
      Doesn't Germany have antitrust laws to make it illegal for companies to collude to divide up a market among themselves to kill fair competition and fix prices at artificially high levels?
        • 7 Years Ago
        wushu, it wouldn't really matter even if Germany had anti-trust laws because Porsche owns a large (and thus controlling) stake in Volkswagen...which owns a large and controlling stake in Audi...

        You can't really apply antitrust laws to what are basically 2 divisions of the same company at this point ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      How much room is there between the Cayman and 911 for an R6? Porsche is already struggling to keep the Cayman and 911 range from overlapping.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new TT can be qualified as a sports car, as can a 350z. They are maybe not a high performance sports car but even a new Miata (MX5) is a sports car.

      Sheesh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Talk about a monopoly of high-end players and then some...

      So it will look like this:

      OWNS OWNS