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2015 Audi R4

Rumors about an Audi R4 sports car have been circulating for a very long time now. Audi has denied its existence a few times, but Volkswagen announcing three different production versions of the BlueSport concept has brought the R4 back out on the table. The first rumors suggested the model would be revealed in 2010, but that was obviously not the case. The R4 will actually be revealed in 2014 as a 2015 model and will share its platform with the new entry-level Porsche and Volkswagen two-seaters.

When talking with AutoCar about the new R4, an Audi source said: "We have not abandoned plans for a roadster along the lines of theE-tron Spyder . 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."

This statement can be translated into the fact that the R4 won’t hit the market until late 2014 and it will be designed in such a manner that it won’t hurt the sales of both the Audi TT and the Audi R8 supercar, meaning it will be placed somewhere in the middle.

UPDATE 10/26/2011: During an interview with British magazine, AutoExpress, an Audi insider has confirmed that the future R4 will feature both a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo producing around 400bhp and a hybrid powertrain: "Even in our sports car ranges, customer demand for efficiency is increasing." The model will be offered in both roadster and coupe versions and Audi hopes to sell around 10,000 units a year.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi R4.

Source: AutoCar

Exterior and Interior

Audi e-tron Spyder

Despite previous rumors, the R4 will only be offered in a roadster version and will take its design inspiration from the E-tron Spyder concept matched up with design lines that will also be used for the next generation R8 supercar. The model will be built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MMB platform and will be placed between the Volkswagen BlueSport model and the new entry level Porsche in terms of luxury and sportiness.

New rumors suggest that the R4 will share major elements of its front-end structure with the third-generation Boxster, but in a radically different way.

Engine

Audi R4

Initial rumors suggested that the R4 would be offered with a V6 engine with an output of around 280 and 300 HP. The actual engine lineup for the new R4 will consist of three different engines. The first is a modified version of the current 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine featuring a new variable cam and valve lift control system and an output of about 280 HP. The second choice is a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine - the same engine found in the TTRS - with an output of about 350 HP. The final engine is a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with an output of about 200bhp and 295lb ft. Even though the inspiration for the R4 comes from the E-tron Spyder concept, the new model will not come sporting an electric motor.

Transmission options include a standard six-speed manual and a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch unit.

Prices

The new Audi R4 is set to be revealed in 2014 and will go on sale in 2015 for about $40,000.

Competition

Volkswagen Concept BlueSport

The main competitors for the future Audi R4 will be the production versions of the BlueSport Concept . All of the BlueSport models will be built on the same platform, but will deliver different levels of luxury and performance.

The Porsche model will take its design cues from the iconic 1953 550 Spyder and will be offered with a twin-turbocharged engine with an output of about 380 HP. It is also believed that the Porsche model will be called the 550 as a tribute to the classic model. Prices will be in the $52K area.

The Volkswagen model will, in fact, be the only version taking its design inspiration from the BlueSport concept. It will feature a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of about 170 HP. This will be the cheapest version with prices starting from around $30K.

Audi R4
LOVE IT
  • Great design lines
  • Will benefit from Audi’s latest technologies
  • In any form, it will get a turbocharged engine
LEAVE IT
  • Everyone has waited entirely too long for this model


26 comments:

Waiting for the production of this is too long, well I just that they really put this on the market. Everyone, seems so excited about this one, and I can’t blame them, coz, I feel the same like them.

Great style! When will I see this one on production or its debut? The priced seems so reasonable, and that’s a great news for us smiley I can’t wait already for this.

2015 is a long wait for this awesome convertible car of Audi! The design lines really looks great and its sounds so great to know that it will have a turbocharged engine in any form.

Audi had lots of impressive convertible cars and this one is oozing with an impressive look. I like the sporty exterior image of the R4. I can’t wait to see this one on the road.

The car lines really looks great and impressive. This Audi R4 is one of the best looking sports car that I saw, it didn’t need lots of design or styling to make it stand out.

I like the lines of the car, and it looks neat. I have no question about the performance of the car since those cars will be using the engine of other Audi cars, but I think it is too far hereafter.

Wow! A packaged deal with Audi R4, worth waiting for! Volkswagen must be watched out for this newest model of Audi.

It would be a great competition between Audi and Volkswagen.
It will be a big race for popularity and sales for the two. I think Volkswagen made a good idea of getting the concept of R4. This will be the start of a big race!

Finally, they are giving a lot more info about the R4. The last one that they gave was almost three months ago, so I thought that they have all but forgotten about this one.

Yup, it’s really more probable now that there would indeed be an R4. Audi was already in the name of the brands that will do the BlueSport concept for production.

Oh, the design looks promising and I am hoping that this one will be different from Audi TT and Audi R8.

yeah, i have to agree that it has a power engine and performance though its no
t a popular production afterall. I just hope that its possible consumer wouldn’t be bored since it will debuted on 2015.

Although it has been circulating around in the market. I don’t think that it has a great sale like the other production model. However, for a v6 technology its power output is kind of powerful.

 Well, it’s nice to know that Audi will release these kind of car. I am looking forward to the features and performance of this Audi R4. Hopefully, this R4 will hit on 2015.

Audi. Превосходство высоких технологий. Audi respect.

Volkswagen should build the Concept R along side the R4

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