The German based automaker Porsche is planning to use the platform of the new generation Audi R8 for its upcoming 960 model, which will be a direct competitor to the Ferrari 458 Italia, even if the architecture is belonging to the Volkswagen Group.
Rumors in the automotive media say that the Porsche 960 will use the same platform as the new generation of the Audi R8, which is VW’s, and the upcoming model will battle the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Porsche 960 will utilize a part-carbon fiber architecture which is already in an advanced stage of development and it also debuted on the Audi R8 e-tron prototype back in September, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Besides the upcoming Porsche 960 and the new generation of the Audi R8, the Volkswagen platform will also be shared with the future Lamborghini Gallardo. The Porsche 960 is expected to be placed into to supercar segment, with the model being above the 911 but below the 918, while being priced between 250.000 EUR and 400.000 EUR.
Sadly these are all the details we have on the Porsche 960 but the new generation of the Audi R8 will most likely be powered by the Volkswagen Group’s new 4.0 liter TFSI twin-turbo V8 engine, recently introduced on the S8 model, which is expected to develop 513 HP and 650 Nm of torque (479 lb-ft).