• Aug 24, 2010
Volkswagen BlueSport Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

There was said to be some tussling going on between Porsche and Audi over which brand would provide the platform for the Volkswagen Group's future sports cars. A report in Automobilwoche declares that Porsche is the winner. No one should be surprised at Porsche, now a Group company, winning such a competition.

The real coup, however, is in what Porsche plans to provide: a Modular Standard Platform that will place the engine directly over the front axle and fit both longitudinal and transverse engine arrangements. The MSB, as it's called, will be put into use for the next Porsche Cayenne and Panamera as well as a future Bentley, and its flexibility could quickly see it spread throughout the Volkswagen portfolio of brands. Group CEO Martin Winterkorn called it an advantage that would put VW "years ahead of the competition." But let's get to the real question: Does this get us any closer to the BlueSport? Bueller... ?

On another note, the same report states that Porsche has fast-tracked development of the 918 Spyder, with plans to produce 918 of them and have them appearing at the end of 2012, not 2014 as previously reported.



[Source: Automobilwoche (translated) via TTAC]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I fell in love with the way this car looks the second i saw it. But now that Porsche is involved it means the car will cost a lot of money. This will not be in Saturn Sky's price range.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a VW, it's going to cost a lot of money (at purchase or overtime) regardless of who engineers it (they'd manage to make it overpriced even with the 2.slow).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Far for me to note this. But somehow I'm thinking that the MSB is not going to be VW Group's sports car frame of tomorrow. Not when three of it's four brands that currently make sports cars use a mid-engine design.

      The MSB allows for FWD in an engine where half of it will cantilever past the front axle and it'll be long enough for four doors? It will not handle well as a sports car. Of course if Porsche is building the MSB then wouldn't it be likely that Audi will be building the real sports car frame?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Logical... a Lambo based car would have been too expensive and FWD based too flaccid. I hope this will become a modern 914... with styling based on the new 918 :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      well that's good news i guess it's going to be bassed off Porsche but bad because like @Sea Urchin said it will probs spike the price up a lot
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems the new platform really has less to do with the Bluesport than the little doodle I just sketched on this coffee shop napkin. However, this new platform *could* beget a new 928, and that would be fantastic. It seems unlikely they'll go foward with it, but I'm inclined to believe a two-door Panamera with a roof line and rear end that actually looked good would sell very well--especially if they let it be faster than a 911...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Modular Standard Platform, or MSB for short....? MSP was already taken?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its german

        "Modularen Standardbaukastens"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just reminder for all those 914 haters.....a good 914-4 is fetching $10k-$20k and 914-6's around $30k. The 914 deserves its due. I look forward to another 914.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, that's right, who sensed a stronger VW/Porsche connection when the 918 went public? Thats right, I did.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually it looks like the two will merge to from one group. Id on't know it's confusing Porsche was going after VW to increase their share but there is some "VW law" that doesn't let anyone take majority control over them and then VW owns Porshc eto a degree too so they desided to merge? Ugh
        • 4 Years Ago
        Porsche is acutally majority shareholder in VW...Porsche is still owned by the Porsche family.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Say , VW did not buy Porsche.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Really, I sensed it when VW bought Porsche...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought the BlueSport was mid engined.

      Either way, while its interesting that Porsche won, I dont think this will bode well for it being an inexpensive platform. Too bad because that BlueSport is one gorgeous design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The BlueSport was also supposed to be smaller and lighter than the Boxster. Any platform on which the Cayenne and Panamera will not lend itself to a small lightweight sports car. I don't think this platform will have anything to do with the BlueSport.

        It's disappointing. The BlueSport could be a car for enthusiasts. The Panamera and Cayenne are cars for bankers and their wifes. Once again, Porsche and Audi ignore the enthusiasts to chase the money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's imagine a future VW press release:

      Showing engineering brilliance not seen before VW uses the MSP on models from Golf to Bentley.

      Sigh
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm also waiting for a ~$30k roadster. Huge gap right now between the MX-5 and the Boxster for fun roadsters and someone needs to fill it. No, the 370Z doesn't cut it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just buy a pre-owned boxster
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dunno, I think a platform that would spawn a Cayenne, Panamera and Bentley is about as far away as you can get from a mid-engined, small, lightweight roadster.

      Like far away enough to make putting a picture of the VW Bluesport with this article pretty misleading.
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