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2015 Audi R5

Volkswagen’s BlueSport concept left zero questions on whether or not it was going to go into production. In fact, Volkswagen announced that it would be available in three different production versions: one for Audi , one for Porsche, and one for Volkswagen, all of them offering different levels of luxury and performance.

Audi’s version will be placed somewhere in the middle, considering both price and performance, and will be aimed at those customers who want more than the TT , but can’t afford an R8 . With an exterior design inspired by the recently launchedE-tron concept , Audi’s model was rumored to be called the R4 . However, new reports suggest that the future sports car will actually be called the R5, taking under consideration the fact that it will use a five-cylinder engine, and not the four pot reserved for the TT.

Audi will offer both coupe and roadster versions, with the roadster being a production version of the E-tron Concept. Expect an official debut sometime in 2014.

UPDATE 05/05/2011: We were all eager to see the future Audi R5, or R4 as it was also rumored to be called, but the German magazine, Auto Motor Und Sport, reports that Audi has dropped plans to build the sports car. The reasoning behind this is that Audi was afraid that it would affect sales for models like the Audi TT and Porsche Cayman . Rumors also state that building the car might have had a very high price and it would have never been a profitable model. Bummer, that design and engine choice would have been awesome.

UPDATE 07/07/2011: New details about the future Audi R5 sports car suggest that the car will also be offered in shooting brake style ’Sportback’ . The new R5 will differ from its Porsche and Volkswagen Volkswagen siblings "by boasting all-wheel drive and the Audi 5-cylinder turbo, which’d position it above the VW and even above the Porsche in pricing." (Fortitude)

Source: CAR

Exterior and Interior

When launched, the Audi R5 will offer no surprises. We will basically see the E-tron concept adjusted for street use combined with design elements from models like the Audi R8 Audi R8 . Expect Audi’s famous front grille with the four circles in the middle, headlamps with LED light, vertical air scoops on the sides, wide side sills, and different aluminum insertions.

For the interior Audi will offer the highest quality materials, leather sports seats, aluminum pedals, and more sports details.

The Engine

The future Audi R5 is known internally as the 9X1 and will share Volkswagen’s new ’MiMo’ (Mittelmotor) architecture with the other two BlueSport versions. Translated, this means the future sports car will feature a mid-engine configuration.

So, while the E-tron concept was powered by two electric motors, the production version will use a conventional engine. With the E-tron, Audi only wanted to show that they could develop electric cars, not that they wanted to. The only E-tron anyone will be seeing so far will be the R8 E-tron which will go into production next year.

We expect to see the same 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder engine from the TTRS , with output in the 350 HP area. We expect to see a 0 to 60 mph sprint time in around 4.5 seconds, while top speed will be limited to 155 mph (like any other German model).

Audi R5

The Competition

The R5’s main competitors will be the other two BlueSport models set to be released byAudi and Porsche . That makes no sense, but that’s a strategy the Volkswagen Group always applied. Take the Q7 -Cayenne -Touareg off-roader trio, for example.

Previous rumors suggest that the R5 will also compete with the future Toyota FT-86. But Toyota wants to keep its model in the $20k area, so this will not happen. However, on the European market, the R5 will also compete with models like the Lotus Exige.

When Can I Buy One?

The Audi R5 will make its world debut in 2014, and customers will receive their first orders in 2015. Being placed between the TT and the R8, we expect to pay somewhere at $50k for the new R5.




24 comments:

Getting my 2013 TTRS on July 24 , if the car has the TTRS motor in the 2015 RS5
or R5, I will but this car NOW, i love it.... can’t stop thinking about it! Calling my dealer to put down A dept for the 1ST ONE In San Diego!!

The style seems elegant and cool. Good to know that it would be in high-tech elements. It will surely be in very high price.

The classy and sophisticated image is really there even the angst that I want for a convertible car. Well, this R5 is a complete package for me. I also find it so luxurious convertible car.

If that is really the official outlook of this Audi R5, I can say that it is not so impressive on that. I found it too aggressive, which is not truly stunning at all.

The classy and sophisticated image is really there even the angst that I want for a convertible car. Well, this R5 is a complete package for me. I also find it so luxurious with its interior features.

It looks like their e-tron vehicle! smiley Anyway, I love the aggressive looks of this R5 most specifically on its front design. However, we still need to wait for this for quite a long time.

It looks like their e-tron vehicle! smiley Anyway, I love the aggressive looks of this R5 most specifically on its front design. However, we still need to wait for this for quite a long time.

The debut of this Audi R5 is too long to wait! Well, I just can’t really wait to see this in person. Anyway, I love the fact that it had a reasonable price, I bet it’s a good news for everyone.smiley

Impressive looks and car lines but I noticed that the headlights are so small for a car and it had the looks of an sophisticated and luxurious car but I don’t think that the interior had also the same character.

I don’t like the wheels that it had but I think its just suited on it. The car lines is even looking great on it. The appeal of this car had is overwhelming.

I really like this one, I’m so impressed with it. It had the looks of a luxurious and a classy convertible car that I can’t see with the other convertible car.

This kind of convertible car is really worth waiting for. The car lines emphasized the beauty that it had and though the front and wheels is not so impressive, it is still one of those satisfying convertible cars that I saw.

The classy and sophisticated image is really there even the angst that I want for a convertible car. Well this R5 is a complete package for me. I also find it so luxurious convertible car.

2015 is really a long wait! Anyway, Audi R5 is really impressive, the platform design is very unique. I just don’t like the front headlight, seems so small for me.

Why Audi don’t want to put this on sale or production? This concept is really impressive and cool and I bet it can attract lots of buyers.

The bumper of the car is really nice. Too bad that it is not for sale. I hope they can change their decision on this one. I’m sure the competitors of this one can now sigh of relief because it will not be produced.

The headlamps are so cute! I’m impressed with the interior and exterior, but I’m bothered about the top head of it.

Most of us expecting to see this on the road, but we do not have any choice. It’s their decision because they worry about the sale of their other cars. Maybe they can make it if the sale of their other car is low.

Yeah, I was also expecting that they would bring the R5 into production, it was really disappointing that they didn’t. But I do hope that they take some cues from this one for their other models.

That one is definitely a downer. I was one of the many who were expecting to see this on the road the moment I saw the initial designs. So what happened?

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