Audi and Porsche have been in bed together for quite some time, thanks to being managed by the same corporate parent, Volkswagen AG. So it’s no surprise that the two automakers have been sharing parts and resources for decades. But they still operated on rather different terms, making different cars for different purposes.
Now though, Audi and Porsche are apparently seeking to tighten up their relationship by collaborating on a new line of modular V6 and V8 engines for the near-future.
AutoCar reports both Ingolstadt and Zuffenhausen are planning new 90-degree angle V6 and V8 mills, with the V6 displacing 3.0L and the V8, 4.0L. Though the idea, to cut down cost, is to basically make the V6 a shortened version of the V8 and vice versa. Both would replace the current offerings provided by Audi.
Additionally, given Audi’s new obsession with the electric turbochargers, we could expect those to be used more commonly with the new line of mills. And because the motors are being redesigned from the ground up, the same rumors imply the impending arrival of a new Atkinson-cycle 2.5L V6 for Audi’s new hybrid models.
Given Audi’s and Volkswagen AG’s liberal use of Audi and Volkswagen mills in all of its portfolios, there’s little doubt to of potentially seeing these new V8s and V6s in future Bentley and possibly, even Lamborghini models.
– By: Chris Chin