Audi Demands Porsche’s Support for the R6

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Despite sharing the comfort of a corporate umbrella, it appears that two standoffish German luxury tends to make are now pushing the beds together.

According to the German publication Autobild (through Autoguide), Audi is tapping Porsche’s expertise to create a new efficiency automobile, designed to occupy the vast gap in between the TT and R8 supercar.

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

Creating a new platform for a single car would be a pricey affair for Audi, which explains the interest in Porsche.

Audi does not want a badge-engineered knockoff, so there’s significantly speculation more than what the end product would appear 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 sized offerings, but those are horizontally-opposed mills (flat fours), so there’s a query of whether an Audi engine could fit in a Boxster-primarily based car. Though the report mentions a turbocharged 5-cylinder possibility, the dimensions of the vehicle will figure out if the R6 — if built — becomes a fast 5.

Slant Five, possibly?

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Old Porsches: Good For Investors, Probably Negative For Drivers

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Searching for a place to park that retirement cash? Find a Porsche crest.

Last year, the typical sale price tag for 1974-1977 Porsches enhanced by 154 %, according to Bloomberg — and the rates are not expected to drop anytime quickly, according to the report.

“European sports vehicles in basic have been on a genuine rise in the last couple of years,” Gord Duff, from RM Sotheby’s, told Bloomberg. “Ferraris lead the way and then you go to the subsequent greatest European sports cars, which are Mercedes, and then you get to Porsches. If we are saying Mercedes have peaked, Porsches are the next best point.”

North American automobile auctions brought in $ 1.45 billion this year, much more than the $ 1.31 billion mark set in 2014.

That growth is partially fueled by an appetite for newer collectible cars, according to the report. According to Hagerty’s, collectors added 1980s-and-newer cars 17 percent far more than pre-1980s classic cars.

“A new era of later model performance vehicles from instantaneously recognizable brands have irrefutably established that the term ‘collector car’ is not synonymous with ‘old car,’” McKeel Hagerty told Bloomberg. “Porsche is next.”

Porsche’s appeal for relatively basic, trustworthy and iconic automobiles has led the pack, according to the report.

So for drivers searching for Porsches, the industry is (and has been) fairly dry of a excellent deal. For investors, there’s adequate to salivate.

(Our own Vojta Dobes has an interesting appear at the classic vehicle market based on current auctions.)


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