According to reports earlier this month, the next-generation Audi R8 will share an all new platform with Porsche’s upcoming supercar, the 918 Spyder. The platform will be a mixture of parts made from carbon fibre and aluminium. It will be a less expensive blend compared to a full carbon fibre platform.
Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen, has called on Porsche to develop the next-generation platform and it seems that not only these two new models will get the new platform but the aging Gallardo will share it as well.
The Volkswagen Group has approached Porsche to develop an advanced mid-engine platform which will be used on its replacement R8 and Gallardo models. The same platform will also be used on Porsche’s upcoming 918 Spyder. Initially, it was thought that Audi will be developing the new platform. But that wasn’t the case since Volkswagen announced late last year that Porsche will be responsible for all sports car platform development within the Volkswagen Group.
Unfortunately, this project is still in its infant stages. We will probably get to see this new platform in the next three to five years. In the meantime, Audi is planning a facelift version of the current R8 and Lamborghini’s Gallardo model will receive the same treatment too. This is to push sales up until a new successor arrives for the two models.
Audi will replace many of the R8’s current parts from metal to the lightweight and stronger carbon fibre. Audi plans to shed close to 100 kilograms from the R8’s curb weight. This will increase performance without boosting any additional power levels. Other than this, Audi also plans to replace the R-tronic transmission, currently used by the R8, to a dual-clutch system. The face-lifted R8 and Gallardo are expected to hit showrooms by 2013.
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