Audi has decided to revise the model range within the framework of the strategy aimed at reducing costs. The so-called “transformation Plan Audi” (Audi Transformation Plan) puts into question the future of many models with internal combustion engines – including the TT and R8, are waiting for rebirth in the form of electric cars.
The plan also calls for reducing spending on revision and modernization of the MLB platform for longitudinal-engined. The architecture debuted in the 2007 Audi A5, and now it is a home A4, A6, A8, Q5, Q7 and Q8.
One of the scenarios can be the unification of the platform MSB of the company Porsche, which underpins the Panamera and the Bentley Continental GT. Together with Porsche, Audi has worked to develop a Premium Platform architecture Electric (PPE) designed for full-size electric cars. PPE will form the basis of elektroversiya Porsche Macan next generation and “green” successor to the Q5. What platform will get an electric TT and R8, is still unknown.
“Cars TT and R8 had been revised earlier in order to reduce costs, but now they will be given increased attention” – according to Autocar, citing a source close to the current head of Audi Marcus Musmanno.
“Crisis management” strategy, initiated in 2018, former Director of Audi Bram Shot, has helped to save 4.4 billion euros. By the end of 2022, this amount will grow to 15 billion, if the company is not going to deviate from the plan.
About 12 billion will be lent to the development of electric cars. Today part of the saved funds a company spends on software development for the Volkswagen Group: responsible for the software was transferred to Audi after identifying problems with a hatchback ID.3.
The Audi TT is based on Volkswagen MQB platform and is offered with a range of TFSI and TDI engines with power from 184 to 310 horsepower. On the “charged” Audi TT RS 2.5-liter turbo engine produces up to 460 horsepower and 528 Nm of torque. The Audi R8 shares a platform with the Lamborghini Huracan and is equipped with a gasoline engine capacity of 5.2 V10 570 or 620 horsepower.