• Jun 18, 2010
Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Rumors have floating around for years that Audi has been planning to develop a small entry-level, mid-engine sports car, and Auto Motor und Sport is now claiming the so-called R4 will debut in 2013. The R4 is expected to be based on Audi's second e-tron concept that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show last January although it will use internal combustion power instead of the electric drive of the concept.

The R4 is expected to weigh in at a comparatively modest 2,500 pounds and offer a choice of gas or diesel inline-four engines. Gasoline propulsion would come from a 180 horsepower 1.4-liter TSI unit while the high-mileage option would be the 170 horsepower version of the 2.0-liter TDI used in the TT and the Golf GTD. The R4 is also expected to be priced well below the TT with a base of about €22,000 (about $27,000). A tip of the hat to Chris!



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I will take one in an S model! Thank you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      not considering the price this could be a ft-86 competitor no?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't think so. With mid-engine and 2500 pound curb weight, this is going to be awesome. That 180 hp may not sound like much but that 1.4 twin-charger's got a seriously fat torque curve to motivate a very light car. It won't win drag races but it'll *ki//* at the track.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It seems like the FT-86 will sell in a similar price range... seems like a no-brainer to me really: mid-engined @ 2,600 = :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        So we're saying that a brand new mid-engine platform is going to be *less* expensive than a car based on a Golf? Doubt it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea the ft-86 doesn't stand a chance if this comes out at a similar price point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        * 2,600 pounds
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they can do it, and make it look like this, I just found my next car. Showed the wife and she agrees. We have an A6 right now, love it, but want to have something more fun and more sporty. This is it, perfect. @Audi you can do it, we are waiting, checkbooks in hand!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now the question is, will Audi make it large enough to fit humans over 6'2". I'm 6'4" and I generally can't drive any small sportscar. No S2k, no Miata (knees hit wheel or dash in both). Don't fit in an Elise either - I can get in but it would be dangerous to drive.

      I haven't tried to sit in a Cayman yet, that's the only other MR car that I can think of that might work... but those aren't cheap. :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        6'6" and fit perfectly into an Elise... mmmmm (911s, S2K, Miata on the other hand require sawing my shins)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You need aftermarket seat rails/mounting brackets.

        I know several folks in the 6'2" to 6'6" range with MX-5's, and Boxsters. Also keep in mind that Jeremy Clarkson is 6'4" or 6'5" and fits in these cars well enough.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you most certainly can get into an Elise - I know several people on lotustalk.com that are taller than you and even autox their Elise/Exige
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd love to see this with a targa top at or just below $30k
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks pretty sweet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      " small entry-level, mid-engine sports car"

      So...what market was the TT aiming for, again?

      This is exactly the same niche the TT was looking to fill before it got the weight and price bloat.

      I question whether the 'smallish', 'entry-levelish' sports car market is big enough for two Audis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The TT is front engine and front (or all) wheel drive, and it was not intended to be economical.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @heyaleve - correct, this will be closest related to the MR2, sub 30k, mid engined, simple, fun. by the time it is out I wouldn't be surprised if the base engine in the tt is the 2.0 in the TT-S, to help better differentiate the models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's one nice machine. The only complaint I have is that it's not already being built. Now that's what I'd call the best iteration of the Audi open-mouth grille ever conceived. The Benz boys may want to check six.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No way Audi will hit that price point. So the VW Bluesport will then be $22k? Not likely.

      Better to offer the 2.0 TSFI with 250hp from the TT-S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have no doubt that they will make this car, simply because it fits in with VW's current obsession with making models for niches that don't exist or that are already adequately filled by their other cars.

      They really need a third sports car? Do they really need three different versions of the same car? (Bluesport, 918, R4) There's been rumors for sometime about Porsche getting a second, smaller SUV based on the Tiguan so they can have another version of that and the Q5. They're gonna try the Phaeton again, because it sold so well last time and didn't compete with Audi at all.

      It just seems like VW has a hard time managing and differentiating one brand, let alone eight. No car company is great at this nowadays, but VW seems to have the disease a bit worse than the rest.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds great, but why do I get the feeling that we won't be seeing this stateside? I get the feeling that Audi is going to use the same excuse for not bringing the R4 to our shores as VW used for not bringing us the Scirocco...they don't want to cannibalize sales of the GTI, and the R4 might cannibalize sales of the TT.

      I believe that the GTI and Scirocco are a bit closer in sticker price than the roughly $10k gap between the R4 and TT, so maybe I'm wrong. In fact, I hope I am. I sure wouldn't mind seeing this car in my driveway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I will nerd rage if this doesn't get released stateside. I think they will--for the Sirocco they were scared about cannibalizing Golf GTI sales, and this car seems to differentiate itself for the TT quite a bit by its engine layout.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too good to be true. :(
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