New Audi R8 V10.
In the words of CEO of Audi, Rupert Stadler, in the German publication Der Spiegel, the distribution of platforms in the full range of the brand of Ingolstadt will undergo a radical change in the coming years.
The reason is no other than the cost savings. Until now, Audi enjoyed in the sole of the platform MLB, developed to accommodate the engine in a longitudinal and equip front-wheel drive or total. This platform is used in all of the sedans of the mark subsequent to the year 2007, from the A4 to the A8, in addition to the crossovers Q5 and Porsche Macan.
from now on, the new generations of these models will be developed on platforms shared with other brands of the group. In the case of the A8, on the basis of the platform MSB employs the newly introduced Porsche Panamera second-generation. This architecture was developed by Porsche and will be shared also with future Bentley, which until now had the variants PL62 and PL64, developed for the Audi A8 and Volkswagen Phaeton.
New Audi A5 Sportback.
In the case of the future A4, and A5, these they would go out of the base of the Volkswagen Passat, which currently mounts a elongated version of the MQB platform, created exclusively for motor cross.
Another of the models that could share a platform would be the next generation of the sporty R8, that of reaching the market now could be based in nothing less than the Porsche 911, rather than being related to the Lamborghini Huracán, as it is currently.
These change would alter dramatically the distribution of components between the brands of the VAG Group, being even more connected that now. One of the direct consequences would be the possible emergence of the rear-wheel-drive in some models of the German brand, derived from the own platform that they would use.
Prototype of the new A8 in the Ring.
The new horizon still seems far away and we do not yet have enough concrete details, but in the face of such amount of changes, it seems that the range of Audi may bring more of a surprise in the next few years.