Sharing in Stuttgart: Porsche Eyes Increased Platform Sharing with Volkswagen

With every merger comes talk of synergies, so we're not too surprised to hear Porsche's top brass proclaim the German sports car maker is poised to share more powertrains, platforms, and other technologies with its new parent, Volkswagen.

"It makes sense to think about some synergies in terms of research and development," Detlev von Platen, CEO of Porsche Cars North America, recently told Automotive News. "These discussions are taking place at the moment with VW."

The notion isn't anything new (take look under the skin of a 356 or a 914), but the platform sharing will certainly expand beyond its present state. Currently, Volkswagen's Touareg rides upon the same platform used in Porsche's Cayenne SUV, as it has since its inception in 2002. The new Cayenne Hybrid model may utilize a Porsche-designed hybrid system, but its gasoline engine -- a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 -- is sourced from VW's Audi brand.

On that note, Audi is also reportedly wrenching on its "baby R8" -- the R4. It's widely believed that Porsche will gain a variant of the new mid-engine sports car, drawing inspiration from the 356 and slotting in below the Boxster, which may shift onto the 911's platform. Sources suggest a turbocharged I-4 could power the Audi, but there's no word if Porsche's eying a similar engine.

Porsche hopes to see its global sales jump from 75,000 to 150,000 vehicles within five years -- and as von Platen says, that goal is only attainable with "products we don't have today." An exact product-sharing plan hasn't been officially finalized, but VW and Porsche execs hope to hammer it down within six months.

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