Audi's Q5 SUV is due to bow at next month's Beijing auto show, and it could provide a platform for a smaller Porsche SUV, much like the current platform-mates and engine-mates the VW Toureg and Porsche Cayenne. Porsche chairman Wendelin Wiedeking is keen on the idea of reduced costs such a move would bring, and with Porsche's recent stake bump to over 50 percent from 31 in Volkswagen AG, which encompasses Audi, that is bound to happen. The three newly-appointed Porsche-faithful executives on VW's supervisory board are also likely to have some say in the matter.
Audi is less enthusiastic about the idea, as the Porsche would likely eat into the sales of their own product, according to Autoweek.
The Q5 will apparently showcase VAG's new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, dubbed S-tronic in Audi models. The transmission should finds its way into many more Audi models in the near future, as it is capable of handling 405 lb-ft of torque and engine speeds up to 8,500 rpm. The DL500 as it's known internally, is designed to work with longitudinal engine layouts. It should also be found in the Audi A4 due for a September release.