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.

  • 2015 Audi R4
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    five-cylinder turbo, hybrid
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    400
  • Displacement:
    2500 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior and Interior

2011 Audi e-tron Spyder High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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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

2015 Audi R4
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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

2009 Volkswagen Concept BlueSport
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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.

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Source: AutoCar

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26 comments:

  (600) posted on 12.28.2011

Audi R4 is one of the best concept vehicles that I saw today! It looks very futuristic but still so reliable on the road. I just only don’t like the fact that it would be an electric car.

  (427) posted on 12.27.2011

I will surely be looking forward to seeing this in the future, and I’m really so excited on that. Moreover, I’m very fascinated with the futuristic and awesomeness of its exterior appearance.

  (1211) posted on 12.26.2011

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

  (777) posted on 12.21.2011

Yeah! Much-awaited indeed for it truly has an impressive and stunning look. I just only hope that they already use a powerful and awesome engine for this future Audi R4.

  (504) posted on 12.20.2011

R4 is the much-awaited vehicle of Audi! Well, this is really worth waiting for because it didn’t only a good-looking vehicle but also has an impressive and awesome engine specification.

  (577) posted on 12.16.2011

It really looks great with its design lines! Moreover, it’s a good thing that this future vehicle will surely have a turbocharged engine which could truly give a nice speed on it.

  (728) posted on 11.30.2011

Its design lines is absolutely looks great on this R4, and I really can’t wait to determine about its latest technology, and I also noticed that its speed performance is awesome either even though it is a hybrid vehicle.

  (580) posted on 10.26.2011

It can surely beat its competitor, which is the BlueSport Concept by Volkswagen. smiley Anyway, I don’t think that the engine of this one is only quite good enough for it, they must upgrade it first.

  (447) posted on 10.7.2011

Just be patient guys! We will see see this one hopefully soon! smiley Anyway, I could not blame you for being so excited about it, because it really had the looks that no one can’t resist.

  (467) posted on 10.6.2011

I think Audi really wanted us to be so excited about this R4! Well, I can’t wait for the production of this one even the debut of its. I would really love, and it’s my pleasure to see and drive this.

  (382) posted on 09.30.2011

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.

  (467) posted on 09.26.2011

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.

  (647) posted on 09.12.2011

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.

  (306) posted on 09.6.2011

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.

  (428) posted on 09.5.2011

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.

  (592) posted on 08.3.2011

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.

  (613) posted on 07.14.2011

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

  (600) posted on 06.13.2011

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!

  (340) posted on 06.9.2011

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.

  (571) posted on 06.8.2011

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.

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