Report: Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche planning RWD roadsters

Volkswagen BlueSport Concept

Volkswagen group is launching three new roadsters together. The Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen versions will share rear-wheel drive underpinnings, electrical structure, and a mid-engine platform. But every car will have its own unique identity and appeal.

The exterior will be the most obvious of differences. Expect to see an ultra-modern Audi that will double as the inspiration for the next R8. Volkswagens’ version will keep in line with the styling of the other models for this generation. (See the BlueSport concept at Detroit, 2009) Porsches’ exterior is going to be modeled after 1953’s 550 Spyder.

Interior design will reflect each cars brand for both the overall structure, and the instrument panel. All the vehicles will have their own dials and switchgear as well.

Power is also going to vary between the Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche. The Audi is getting a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4 cylinder, with a bigger 2.5-liter five-cylinder alternative. Volkswagen will provide the economical option due to the brands market. A 170-hp 1.4-liter four-cylinder will be the starting point for this car. Porsche is set to receive a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is still in the works at Weissarch research and development. In the end there could be several power outputs available for the engines, with a 380-hp possibility.

– By: Alexandra Koken

Source: AutoCar