Audi gave us its first hint at a compact R8 (also known as the R4) with the Audi e-tron 2-seater concept, which made its debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show in January. While Audi has yet to confirm the production version of the R4, insiders say that the future of the Boxster-sized mid-engined sports cars hangs in the balance as Audi and Volkswagen decide whether to use steel or alloy body construction.
High-ranking officials from Ingolstadt say that the final stamp of approval for the Audi R4 rests with parent company Volkswagen. They said that the production feasibility studies are yet to determine whether a pressed steel or alloy spaceframe chassis is a better option.
Either way, sources say “the reaction to the e-tron concept has been overwhelming.” One said that Audi is “weighing up all of the options and possibilities. There”s no real time pressure because we”re not replacing an existing model but establishing a new one.”
Volkswagen involvement in the R4 also has its personal interest in using the same platform for its mid-engined coupe/roadster based on the BlueSport Concept.
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