Here’s the latest intel about the Audi R4 and the next-generation Audi R8. Make sure to read!
Audi’s £25k mid-engined R4 is destined for production in 2014/15, after chairman Rupert Stadler decided to press ahead with a plan to share platforms with new entry-level Porsche and Volkswagen two-seaters.
Previewed by the E-tron Spyder concept, the new sports car project has been the subject of intensive planning between Audi, Porsche and VW. Recent reports in the German media have even suggested the R4 had been placed on hold, amid concerns it was too close to the established TT.
“We have not abandoned plans for a roadster along the lines of the E-tron Spyder,” a source revealed to Autocar. “We have reached a stage where we are moving forward and are now in the process of progressing the business case further, but it won’t go on sale until after the third-generation TT.”
While the exact launch timing remains secret, confirmation that the R4 will follow the TT into showrooms suggests that sales will start towards the end of 2014. “We have to make sure there is space in the line-up without causing a conflict with existing models,” said our insider. “It will definitely happen.”
That timing should see the R4 lining up alongside the larger, second-generation R8 supercar, with which it will also share styling themes, inspired by the E-tron Spyder concept.