Audi and Porsche have a good history of working together. It was back in the ’90s that Porsche helped Audi develop the awesome RS2 Avant. For that car, the engine and chassis were both co-developed by Audi and Porsche. More recently, Audi and Porsche have joined forces to develop a series of engines for both brands to use, which are currently being used in the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS5. Now, it seems the two brands are teaming up again to co-develop a shared architecture for future automobiles.
“The best brains of both companies will together set the technical course for the future,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi. “We are united by many shared values, above all, by our pursuit of the best solutions and the best offerings for our customers.”
With both brands previously sharing Volkswagen architecture for certain vehicles, such as the first-gen Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan, which both sit on a VW platform, now they can work together on an architecture built more specifically for their vehicles. This will help create more dynamic and exciting cars, as Porsche’s input will always be performance-oriented.
This shared architecture will also be made with alternative powertrains and electrification in mind. Both brands are working hard on hybrids and purely electric vehicles in the future so it makes sense to share architectures. However, both brands want to make sure that each car they develop will be unique to their brand’s heritage and be uniquely their own.
“Together, we will make faster progress in the race for the mobility of the future. We will utilize the expertise of both companies and take advantage of synergies,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche. “We will cooperate wherever it makes sense. But we will also be very careful to maintain the differentiation between our brands. A Porsche is always a Porsche, and that will remain so in the future.”
It will be interesting and exciting to see what sort of cars these brands come up with in the future. The first-gen Audi Q5 is a very different car, despite being based on the same chassis. Porsche completely redesigned the Q5 to make it sportier and more Porsche like, to the point where very little of the Q5 remained, if anything at all. So it will be cool to see if Audi’s future vehicles that sit on shared platforms with Porsche will be similar to what the folks in Stuttgart make.