Luxury, meet performance. Opulence, meet frugality.

That's apparently the plan between two of Volkswagen Group's more posh brands, Bentley and Porsche, as they explore ways to stretch Euros and provide a little commonality between the two distinct brands.

According to Autocar, Bentley will begin using the Porsche Panamera platform for its future vehicles, providing a much better base for rear- and all-wheel-drive vehicles. Additionally, Bentley will phase out its 6.75-liter V8 in 2013, likely replacing it with a V12. It may be a wise consolidation, and no one should ever complain when eight cylinders are replaced with 12, but we'll miss that magnificently brutal V8.

The news only confirms what many believed might happen as far back as 2010, when it was rumored that Bentley and Porsche were collaborating on how to best use the Panamera platform.


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        Mason
        • 2 Years Ago
        ...says the guy who drives a sonata, which, by your logic, is just a fat forte.
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      dohc73
      • 2 Years Ago
      Eff'n Volkswagen's gonna ruin, RUIN, Porsche.
      Moreno636
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is brilliant business by Volks. Bentley aesthetics and opulence on agile porcshe chassis and underpinnings!! Perfection. Great for Porsche as well....more chassis built equal more jobs.
      Sir Duke
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this will result in a more agile, better handling Continental GT, I'm all for it.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      not a bad idea, i suppose fuel economy will improve aswell with a lighter chasis.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't find this surprising at all but the headline sure won't be popular with Bentley owners.
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      dareupgang
      • 2 Years Ago
      It all comes to together from a business stand point at least, with VW having so many luxury brands, one way to keep development cost low and profit margin high, have all luxury manufactures share chassis so even though in some cases they'll be competing against each other e.g. R8 and Gallardo and I'm sure there will be many to come, they aren't completely different allowing to keep the profit margin high. Its a win win for them kind of sad because you think of car manufactures like Bentley as bespoke but times are changing
      Narom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well thats just not British.
      Bud
      • 2 Years Ago
      I find this a worrying piece of news. A bespoke British Marque should not be diluted by mass produced engineering and will in the end the exclusivity of the brand. It is like getting a pair of matched Purdey's and finding that the barrels and the mechanism made in China, so what could be sold for $500,000 is now only worth $40,000. It will put the price of pre-Porsche Bentleys up as people will be trying to buy original Bentleys, not re-worked Porsche. The word "pre and re": should be worrying for the Bentley marketing people. http://www.purdey.com/ There has to be exclusivity in this world that people can aspire too, and Porsche ain't it as it becomes a massproduced arm of VW with too much over-leverage into the VW brand ! Mind you it was a British Army Major, Ivan Hirst, who got VW back into production in 1945 after the second World War.
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