While sibling companies Audi and Porsche are both developing all-electric sedans, the two firms are planning on giving the two models vastly different characters.
As both automakers are owned by the Volkswagen Group, they could easily share the same platform and drivetrain for their electric models, distinguishing them solely on a styling front, but that’s not what’s happening.
While speaking with Autocar, the head of research and development at Porsche, Michael Steiner, confirmed that Volkswagen has given the go-ahead for both company’s to develop their own platforms in completely separate research programs.
Audi is currently hard at work developing its platform which will utilize three electric motors, two of which will drive the rear wheels and another the front axle. Alongside these motors will be a floorpan outfitted with the model’s vast battery pack, predicted to be 95 kWh in capacity. All up, 500 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque could be on the cards.
Porsche meanwhile will rely on two electric motors for its electric sedan, inspired by the Mission-E Concept. While it will also have a battery pack within the floorpan, its capacity is expected to differ as power and torque rise to give the Porsche more performance than its Audi sibling.
According to Steiner, “With the Mission E, we have a very sporty expression of an electric car. Audi has opted for the high-volume segment.”