Audi’s mid-engined R4, priced at about £25,000, will enter production in 2014/15. This was confirmed after Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said that a plan to share platforms with new entry-level Porsche and Volkswagen two-seaters will proceed. Audi, Porsche and VW have heavily participated in the planning of this new sports car project, which is previewed by the E-tron Spyder concept.
The German media speculated that the R4 had been put on hold due to observations that it was too similar to the TT.
Audi officials have told Autocar that the company has given its approval for the R4 to enter production. This model is expected to be a major part of Audi’s future sports car program. An insider told Autocar that it has not dropped plans to build a roadster “along the lines of the E-tron Spyder.”
The source added that this project is progressing and that its business case is moving forward as well. However, this model would only go on sale after the third-generation TT does.
The date of the launch has yet to be revealed but it’s believed that it will be set near the end of 2014 since the R4 is expected to arrive at showrooms only after the TT.
The source said that the company is aware about leaving a gap in the arrival of the lineup so that conflict with present models is avoided. The R4 is expected to appear beside the larger, second-generation R8 supercar, which it shares styling themes with. The E-tron Spyder concept is the inspiration for these themes.