• Aug 29, 2008
Over the past week, CAR has donned its prognostication cap and tapped it's "internal sources" in an attempt to foretell Audi's future product plans. A few of stories have ranged from inane to insane, but one post seems entirely plausible and has blinded us with excitement.
Audi's mid-engine R4 was pronounced stillborn this past year, but with Volkswagen bringing its own midship concept to the Los Angeles Auto Show this November, Audi might revive plans its own version to market in the next five years. The new R3 would effectively replace the TT, providing a better business case for VAG to produce a mid-engine platform and silencing critics that have constantly complained that the TT is merely a tarted up Golf.

If the Volkswagen version is well received and given the green light, expect it to debut in 2013, with Audi's variant following shortly thereafter. In an attempt to keep from directly competing with the Porsche Boxster, Audi will exclusively offer the R3 with four-cylinder engines, including a 180 hp, 1.8-liter TFSI, 220 hp, 2.0-liter and a 280 hp, 2.0-liter on the S-line model. Diesels are also being considered, ranging from a 125 hp, 1.6.-liter to a 204 hp, 2.0-liter.

[Source: CAR]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      wow it's front looks really ugly when u look at it for awhile.




      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog, you forgot the disclaimer that always follows juicy Audi related updates:

      *There are absolutely NO plans to bring this car to the US in any way, shape or form, sorry to get your hopes up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it's only a four-cylinder engine in order not to compete with the Boxster then how will it not compete with the VW version?

      Standard Quattro on the R3?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The previous passat was on the B chassis, but the current one is on a stretched A chassis.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The same way the S3 compares to the GTI and the R32, and the same way the new B8 A4 compares to the jetta... also the same way the Q7 compares to the t-reg....
          • 6 Years Ago
          "A4 competes with the Jetta"

          The Audi A4 has no relation to a Jetta. The Jetta and Passat are on the same chassis. Audi's B6, B7, and new B8 are on the MLP platform = no relation, Audi only.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fiero with a body kit.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Keep the TT, ttoo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      excellent--send that hairdresser mobile out to pasture where it belongs. An angrier and more angular r3 could be a sick ride
      • 6 Years Ago
      Noooo!! The tt its great as it is, you just dont appreciate it for what it is. Its all about the design and image of the car. Performance-wise it gets the job done with the 2.0 turbo engine, it doesnt eat the track but as a coupe its pretty good. If you want performance get an rs model or an r8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      huh...neat
      • 6 Years Ago
      .
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its about time. I have always thought of the TT as a chicks car, and have gotten very bored with its design. This R3 rocks in the design department. Much more aggressive. Now give it something a little beefier than the anemic 3.2L engine (maybe with a turbo) and this should sell very well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Has anybody else noticed this is just a heavily photo shopped saturn sky? I doubt a production r3 would be near this edgy or have a hood this long. Google audi r3 and you'll see what i mean.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      You would think people here would know a little more about cars. The new TT is not based on the Golf or Jetta. The TT was completely redesigned for 07/08. The current TT is based on it's own Steel/Aluminum frame.
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