Sister companies Audi and Porsche are in talks to join forces on an entry level mid-engined Audi R4 coupe and roadster, as well as the next-generation Boxter and Cayman. Audi will be expanding its “˜R” badged lineup that will include a convertible R8, R4, R6 and an R10. While the Audi R6 will sit between the Porsche 911 and Boxter, the Audi R4 will be an entry-level mid-engined car with a price bracket between £28-35,000.
Apart from sharing development costs Porsche and Audi will share technology, Audi”s aluminum spaceframe bodies, powerful diesel engines, lightweight low-friction four-wheel drive with torque vectoring and dual clutch transmissions for almost all torque classes.
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According to sources, the Audi R4 will have a 2.5 liter 5-cylinder engine that produces up to 300 horsepower. The Audi TT-S 2.0L TFSI engine that produces 268 horsepower and a peak torque 258 lb-ft is also being considered.
The only conflict between the two is timing. While Porsche has its work cut out until 2012 with the Panamera and then the Cayenne hybrid, Audi wants the R4 to arrive on the market in 2010 as a 2011 model (one year after the Porsche Panamera hits the roads).
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