Rumor: Porsche’s Ferrari 458 rival to get next-gen Audi R8 architecture

So it’s no secret that Porsche has been working on a new supercar that would compete with the likes of the McLaren MP4-12C and the Ferrari 458 Italia. According to a new report, Porsche may be ‘forced’ to use the next-generation platform from the Audi R8 for its new supercar.

Work on the second-generation Audi R8‘s carbon fiber/aluminum architecture is already under way and will also pin the next Lamborghini Gallardo.

The move will help Porsche save on development costs and development time that it takes to build an architecture from scratch. The car is expected to be launched in 2015.

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The next Audi R8 is rumored to get the new V8 twin-turbo that recently debut in the S8 – the engine can be pushed to more than 513-hp. A new dual-clutch 7-speed S-tronic gearbox will take place of the current automated six-speeder.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar