At the 2010 Detroit Auto Show Audi unveiled a new version of their E-tron concept car. It previewed a new sports car that until now was rumored to be called the R4. Now, Automobilemag is suggesting that the car will, in fact, be called the R5. This suggestion stems from the fact that the car will have an inline five engine instead of the four-cylinder reserved for the Audi TT.
However, while the E-tron concept was powered by two electric motors, the production version will be a compact, gasoline-powered, mid-engine, two-seat sports car. 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.
The R5 is codenamed 9X1 and will be built on the same architecture as the next 911. The 9X1 components will be tailored to meet the needs of VW, Audi, and Porsche (Bluesport, R5, and new 356). Audi will offer both coupe and roadster versions and they will both be revealed sometime in 2013.