According to the latest reports from Autocar, it appears that Audi decided that the R4 must go into production. Previewed by the e-Tron Spyder Concept, the new Audi R4 received the official green light as part of company’s future sports car programme.
Despite the fact that there were some concerns that it was too close to the TT, the R4 is becoming a reality and will share the same platform with a new entry-level Porsche and a Volkswagen two-seater. According to an unmentioned source who spoke with Autocar, the new R4 will not go on sale until after the third-generation Audi TT hits the dealerships and the exact launch timing is still a secret. Some of our sources suggest the fact that the R4 might go on sale by the end of 2014.
The R4 will step alongside the second-generation R8, which will also share some styling lines seen on the E-Tron Spyder Concept. Insiders told Autocar that the new R4 will share most of its elements of its front-end structure with the third-generation Boxster, which means that it will be closely related to the 911, just like the Boxster. The car will use a modified version of the current 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine delivering over 200 hp.
A range-topping version is also considered, using a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found on the RS3 Sportback and the TT RS. This version will get around 350 hp, meaning that it will zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 5 seconds all the way to a top speed of around 175 mph or 280 km/h. A diesel version is also planned, using a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine with over 200 hp. [source: Autocar]