• Apr 26, 2007
The Audi brand is in full-blown growth mode right now, with newer products like the Q7 and A3 soon to be joined by the A5 and R8, and Audi promises that 22 new products in total are on the way. Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated product of all is the forthcoming R8, which has garnered lots of attention from news media and enthusiasts alike. Since Audi's supercar has been well-received, why not add a smaller Boxster-fighter to keep the good vibes going?

We've already told you about speculation that Audi was cooking up an R4 for 2009 or 2010, and now South Africa's topCar magazine is giving us more gas for the flame. We like Audi's 2.0L FSI turbo four, but at 270 hp, powering a 2,500-2800lb car, we'd like it even more. topCar reports that an all-new platform is being designed for the R4, with a steel spaceframe and plastic and aluminum body panels. Of course, a more sporty RS4 is rumored to be on the way as well, which could be powered by a 2.5L inline five with 350 hp.

It seems like everything under the sun is scheduled to appear in 2009 and 2010, and if even half of it comes to fruition, we'll be some busy bloggers. We hope the R4 is among the projects that makes the cut.

[Source: Wheels24 via Winding Road]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      RanMac, it's not just you. There's a big helping of RX-8 in that nose.

      I think it does look good, though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #27 - You illustrated my point beautifully, whether you meant to or not. What I was trying to say was that there is already an RS4, which leaves me confused as to why they'd have an RS4 (the better version of the new R4) and an RS4 (the better version of the A4/S4). Again, it's really early to be worried about any of this, but it's just what popped into my head.

      Oh, and comparing a Cadillac to an Audi, #29, just doesn't make any sense...
      • 7 Years Ago
      #25 and #26 : um.... http://www.rsportscars.com/eng/cars/audi_rs4.asp

      Yeah, the RS4 already exists.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      who cares, the FWD converted to AWD soprts car wannabe, will still have 65% of it's weight hanging over the front tires

      And Audi is messing up their designs starting with the new TT, R8 and a fugly Q5, the A5 is not too ugly but it's a muscle car wannabee adn still sucks with over 59% of the weight on the front wheels

      I'm just saying, if you have to pay $45 large you might as well save your money for the real thing.

      The '08 M3 or '09 CTS-V
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's hope the fact that Porsche buying VW will not affect the production of this car. After the R8, now the R4, Audi seems to be clearly competing against Porsche. Porsche's lower end by Audi, the higher by Lambo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #21

      I-5 Turbo has already been done in 2.2L format. Was the basis for the group B S2 as well as the IMSA 200. Both cars dominated and were later banned from each series.

      You can buy one now in the form of UrS4/S6. (AAN)

      The AAN 2.2L I-5 Turbo can be easily modified to 400HP with simple bolt-ons and software without touching the motor while remaining completely reliable. Many are well north of 500hp now with relatively simple motor mods. (rods,head studs)

      check out "034 motorsports" on the web if your interested.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Steel spaceframe... I thought Audi is pushing to use Aluminum?

      Anyways, I hope it gets built. Looks really nice. The argument that Porsche is going to kill it seems like the same argument why the Audi R8 would not be built, but the R8 was built.

      A "cheap" mid-engine car is missing from Audi's lineup, and this would be a great fill-in. I'm guessing that it will be built.
      • 7 Years Ago
      # 12 yes like the Z06, Ferrari, Skyline ... but they don´t need to hit the race track to catch fire they burn in normal traffic..
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Porsche kills this it probably won't be because it competes with their cars, but it looks like this is another one of Piech's pet projects like the Bugatti Veyron, the VW Phaeton, and the Audi R8. All the cars that I listed will probably disapear if Porsche takes control at VW group, and there probably won't be a sucessor to the Phaeton.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A performance Audi that is less than 3500 lbs? I'll believe it when I see it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Porsche has probably put the entire project through the shredder already...
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