UK pub Auto Express is claiming that Audi has plans to bring out a sports coupe smaller than the TT (a new model of which Audi unveils later today). While many of Ingolstadt's  production offerings have been known for their high performance capabilities, light weight has rarely figured as part of their charm. But that may be about to change.

Audi is reportedly co-developing a Lotus Elise fighter with Austrian motorcycle concern KTM. The program evidently originated among the two-wheeled specialists‘ planners and was pitched to both Volkswagen and Audi, with the former turning down the opportunity to lavish its attention on the coming GX3 trike.

Auto Express is predicting a curb weight of under 750kg (1,650 lbs), 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds, and 50 mpg. In what would be a remarkable about-face on Quattro technology, Audi is reportedly considering going rear-wheel drive.

A concept is expected to be shown by year’s end.

Q: If it reaches showrooms, the bantamweight Audi will likely be a thriller. But given the company's linkages to Porsche, will the model clash with the Cayman?

[Source: AutoExpress, Tower Hobbies]