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Audi R8, Audi TT: Sportier versions on their way

Audi R8
Longtime rumored and now confirmed to be under serious consideration: sportier versions of the Audi R8 and Audi TT. Great news for all performance lovers, although the current versions are in no way lacking of that already!

In a roundtable chat with journalists, Audi’s Quattro GmbH development chief Stefan Reil dropped a hint that intensified, lightweight versions of the R8 supercar and TT sports car are under serious consideration.

With the R8 Sport, Audi will probably take a similar approach to performance as it did with the 2005 TT Quattro Sport, built in limited numbers during the last several months of the previous generation’s production run, although it never made it Stateside. That car featured a slight increase in horsepower for its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a tauter suspension calibration, Recaro seats and a slight reduction in weight, primarily due to the removal of the rear seats/parcel shelf and the spare tire.

“This is the direction you can go and make business,” said Reil. “It makes sense for the TT, and maybe in the future in an R8.”

Audi has already shown us its hopped-up TTS, and Reil’s comments all but confirm a TT-RS model, which is rumored to have a turbocharged five-pot with nearly 350 horsepower. But the R8 reference is news, and tantalizing news at that.

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Source: Inside Line