The Audi R4, a much-rumored model that has been reported to be on-and-off many times, is back on. Recent reports from European media have suggested that the Audi R4 had been placed on hold over concerns that it may jeopardize Audi TT sales; however, a new two-seater platform sharing project between Volkswagen and Porsche has Audi chairman Rupert Stadler wanting a piece of the action.
Sources say that the Audi R4 was heavily previews by the e-tron Spyder Concept and that the model has received the official green light. Insiders say that the R4 will play a significant role in the brand’s future sports car program.
“We have not abandoned plans for a roadster along the lines of the E-tron Spyder,” a source told 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.”
Exact launch time of the Audi R4 has not been confirmed but speculation hints at towards the end of 2014.
“We have to make sure there is space in the line-up without causing a conflict with existing models,” the insider said. “It will definitely happen.”
Refresher: The Audi e-tron Spyder is powered by two electric motors at the front axel with a total output of 88-hp and peak torque of 260 lb-ft. They are mated to a 3.0 TDI twin-turbo V6 diesel engine that produces 300-hp and an additional 479 lb-ft of torque. Weighing in at 3,197 lbs and mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Audi e-tron Spyder can sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.
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– By: Omar Rana