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#1 Antonis12

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 03:20 PM


Many believed talk of Audiʼs future mid-engined Cayman rival was pure fantasy but then details about the carmakerʼs future lineup were published by Quattro Quarterly (a publication released by the Audi Club of North America) and one of the cars on that list was in fact the long rumored R4. Set to appear in June 2011, the new R4 will get its own unique platform and will likely appear in both coupe and roadster bodystyles.

Like the R8, the new R4 will feature aggressive styling and will only be able to seat two. Several engine options will be on offer as this wonʼt be an exclusive supercar like its bigger brother. Expect to see a range-topping model with a high-output turbocharged mill developing in excess of 300hp. Base models, meanwhile, will make do with an uprated version of the 2.0L TFSI engine.

As this rendering suggests, the R4 will pick up some styling cues from the recent A1 Metroproject concept car as well as share many similarities with the bigger R8. Although it doesnʼt have the familiar side-blades, the R4 still features a pair of gaping vents positioned in front of the rear wheels. The chassis will feature steel construction but engineers are targeting a final kerb weight of around 1,250kg, and although the mid-engined Boxster and Cayman seem like the most obvious competitors Audi officials insist the new car is designed to rival vehicles from BMWʼs M division and AMG.



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Posted 04 April 2008 - 03:21 PM

Audi denies R4 plans

Despite numerous reports claiming Audiʼs new Cayman-rival is in development, senior officials have confirmed there is no ʽbabyʼ R8, or R4 as most sources have been calling it, currently in the works. However, before we rule out the new model, remember that carmakers are well known for their tenacity in denying the existence of products until as late as possible.

Last week an Audi spokesman told Automotive News the carmaker has no plans to build such a car. “It was never in our product planning,” he told reporters. While the latest denials from Audi arenʼt encouraging, perhaps the Germans are taking a leaf from Ferrariʼs book. The Italian sports carmaker denied unequivocally the existence of any Ferrari 2+2, yet that is exactly what will be sitting at the Ferrari stand at Octoberʼs Paris Motor Show.

The R4 was expected to be a more focused and sporty TT with a better looking body and styling cues from the larger and more expensive R8 supercar. Previous reports claimed the car was due by mid-2011 and that it would feature a brand new mid-engine platform.

Considering its closest competitors would have been the aforementioned TT and the Cayman/Boxster from Porsche, which of late has been having a much more influential role in the affairs of Audi and its parent company VW, itʼs not surprising officials have decided against developing the car.

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