The Porsche brand is in excellent health in all respects today but it has not always been this way and for this reason, it was sometimes forced to collaborate with the competition.
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Porsche today has several models that share engines, platforms, and parts with other cars from the Volkswagen Group, but in addition, some time ago it participated in the development of several vehicles from other brands.
Some of those collaborations were quite famous in their day, although they may not be remembered, others simply happened without making too much noise. That is why we are going to remember five of those models of other brands that had engines or engine parts made by Porsche.
Audi RS2 Avant
It is surely the best known of all. And we are talking about a car that gave a lot to talk about in its day, the Audi RS2, which even used Porsche Cup wheels and Porsche brand brake calipers.
The Audi RS dynasty began with a car developed jointly by Audi and Porsche. Along with the braking, the suspension was the work of the Stuttgart brand, as were the modifications to the 2.2-liter inline five-cylinder engine, which raised the total power of the engine to 315 horsepower.
Additionally, much of the car was built at Porsche’s Rossle-Bau factory.
Mercedes 500E Mercedes-Benz
In the early 1990s, things were not going as well for Porsche as they are now. The Boxster and Cayenne that saved the company were still far from being designed and the Stuttgarters were in dire need of revenue.
The answer came in the form of business collaboration with Mercedes, which involved taking the trusty but unattractive W124 and turning it into a super sedan to go head-to-head with the BMW M5 of the time. Porsche did this by modifying the engine compartment to accommodate a 5-liter V8 borrowed from the Mercedes SL.
Parts from the SL also made their way to the suspension and the arches were widened, giving the 500E a subtly menacing stance.
A red Lada Samara Art Konovalov
We are talking about a much less glamorous car, but the owners of a Lada Samara could boast when they said that the engine of their car had an engine developed by Porsche because the prestigious brand participated in the design of its four-cylinder in-line carburetor.
The first version of the Seat Ibiza
Another car more humble than the Mercedes 500E that was also fortunate that Porsche agreed to touch it with its wand was the first Seat Ibiza.
Much of Porsche’s involvement concerned the development of the engine, which was the same unit used in the Samara. Only with the Ibiza, Seat went so far as to pay Porsche a small fee per car to license the ‘Porsche System’ inscription on the rocker cover. And yes, this prompted owners to affix large ‘Porsche System’ stickers to the bodywork.
Renault Clio 2 V6
When Renault wanted to undertake the ‘Phase II’ version of the powerful Clio V6, it recruited Porsche to make some changes to the first model. Stuttgart engineers modified the cylinder heads, camshafts and intake manifolds, raising power to 255 hp.