Who will prevail? That'll be up to VW executives.
Porsche, as we all know, is now a part of the Volkswagen Group. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just means it has to work and play well with other VW brands. That may be easier said than done, however. According to a report from Automobile Magazine, Porsche and Audi engineers are currently going at it over the future of various technologies and platforms. Both brands, more or less, believe their respective engineers are better.
Here are a few examples of the pow-wow: Porsche wants the next-gen Audi A8 to be built on the same platform that’ll underpin the new Panamera. Its argument is that this platform, codenamed MSB, would also be well suited for other future Audis, such as the A6 and A7 duo. In addition, Porsche claims that Bentley would also benefit from this technology. What’s more, Porsche is also not a fan of the platform Audi is developing for VW’s future full-size SUVs. Instead, Porsche would like to see its MSB platform adapted for SUV use in order to save money, but also because the platform is more than suitable for the task. Audi, however, believes that Porsche isn’t "pulling its weight."
Porsche believes it can develop a better platform for the eventual Lamborghini Huracan and R8 replacements, due in 2021 and 2022, respectively. Audi begs to differ. So how can this be resolved? VW HQ will need to play the mediator.