• Oct 14th 2009 at 4:31PM
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At last month's Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi board member Michael Dick confirmed that a production version of the electric eTron sports car concept would be produced by late 2012. Following the show, Audi NA president Johan de Nysschen confirmed that announcement and now AutoExpress has produced a rendering of a production model. However, there appears to be some details lost in the translation. The eTron is based on the aluminum space frame of the R8 while AE says the R4 will be a smaller roadster with a chassis shared with the next generation Porsche Boxster/Cayman.
An Audi R4 has been speculated for some time, with the rumors flaring up after VW showed off the concept BlueSport in Detroit this year. It's not clear if Audi will move ahead with the larger R8-based EV sportster or a smaller machine, or perhaps both. If they do, something like this rendering would be welcome, combining elements of the BlueSport, the eTron and even the top and flying buttresses of a Lotus Elise.

[Source: AutoExpress]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see an Audi like this actually hit production. Bring it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ditch the electric stuff. It isn't ready for prime-time, not by a long shot.

      Put the Audi TT-S and RS drivelines in, turbo 4s or V6 transverse... manual or DSG gearboxes... Coupe or Roadster.

      and put it on the market as the R4, and REPLACE the TT.

      Put a VW logo on it, cut down the option list and interior materials along with the price point, put a turbo 4 gas engine, or a turbo diesel for the greenies... (despite a diesel being inherently antithetical to a sports car's power unit. At least throw that bone out there for the social butterflies...) and call it BlueSport, or whatever you want to call it...

      BUT DO NOT SELL THIS AS A PORSCHE. It will do fine as a non-redundant Audi and/or VW. It would be redundant, and under-qualified as a Porsche.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not sure I will ever warm up to the idea of an electrical car until I can see some stats on long term maintenance, resell, and other unknown issues.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No oil changes, no tune ups, no radiators, alternators, gaskets, coolant, etc. You have a motor and a battery essentially. I'd imagine maintenance would be far greater on an electric car and money saved on gas would also add to maintenance savings. It's electric, fast and an Audi so resale should hold well past initial hit I'd assume.