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Audi Needs Porsche’s Help for the R6


Despite sharing the comfort of a corporate umbrella, it seems that two standoffish German luxury makes are now pushing the beds together.

According to the German publication Autobild (via Autoguide), Audi is tapping Porsche’s expertise to develop a new performance vehicle, designed to occupy the vast gap between the TT and R8 supercar.

Carrying the R6 moniker, which Audi trademarked in 2012 to made sure people kept their paws off it, the midrange sports car is being developed by a team that draws experience from both brands. The vehicle would ride atop a mid-engined Porsche Cayman/Boxster platform.

Developing a new platform for a single vehicle would be a costly affair for Audi, which explains the interest in Porsche.

Audi doesn’t want a badge-engineered knockoff, so there’s much speculation over what the end product would look like. Autobild assumes that all-wheel drive and an Audi engine will be needed to differentiate the R6 from its Porsche brethren, on a mechanical level, at least.

Porsche has announced a line of four-cylinder engines for its smaller offerings, but those are horizontally-opposed mills (flat fours), so there’s a question of whether an Audi engine could fit in a Boxster-based vehicle. Though the report mentions a turbocharged five-cylinder possibility, the dimensions of the vehicle will determine if the R6 — if built — becomes a fast five.

Slant Five, maybe?

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