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Rumors are kicking around the interwebs that Audi has outright axed the delicious R4. The vehicle was intended to drop into the company's model line just below the TT, borrow more than a few styling cues from the luscious e-tron Detroit Concept and get its power from a range of efficient and powerful diesel engines. If that sounds good enough to bring a tear to your eye, get ready for some real waterworks. According to reports, the model has been canned because it would step on too many familial toes. In addition to robbing sales from the TT, Audi is worried that Porsche Boxster and Cayenne sales may see a hit, as well.

In addition, the R4 platform-mate, the Volkswagen BlueSport has also been scrapped due to cost concerns.

If that's not enough of a beating for your, Audi has one last kick in the ribs to share: the A2 resurrection has also been delayed until at least 2016. The reason? The German automaker doesn't want to have to shell out for a unique chassis for the vehicle and instead wants to find a suitable sister model to help spread the cost around.

Still, these reports come from various murky sources. Audi has yet to say word one about either the R4 or the A2.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Think your meant Cayman not Cayenne in the article ;)
      Jorge Duran
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see no issue with slapping some TT badges on this and calling it the next generation TT. I would see it as a budget R8 (aesthetically, of course).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just call this the new TT (instead of "R4") and call it a day?! This thing is beautiful!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't worry Audi, I wasn't going to buy anything from you anyway. I am sad to see the Bluesport go, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the TT is a 2+2 seater, the R4 is a 2seater, so this won`t be instead of the TT. it´s added to the line up or is dead and buried. Audi, shame on you! the R4 concept is wonderful ffs!
      Jonathan Arena
      • 4 Years Ago
      This doesn't make sense.... the TT would sell a lot better if it was a real sports car- Its poor weight distribution is the only thing holding it back. Also, after selling both Audi and Porsche, I really think the buyer's are very different
      • 4 Years Ago
      Damn, the BlueSport was the only VW/Audi/Porsche I cared about - and I was really looking forward to it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree! the BlueSport would have been the answer to fuel efficiency and sporty that many have been looking for. Surely there is something we can do? Someone we can contact? Zach, any ideas?
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW killed this car because it is going to be too close to the entry level Porsche priced below the Boxster, due out next year.
      Milos Gold
      • 4 Years Ago
      BlueSport is definitely a loss. In my mind beyond a few halo cars (RS5, TT-RS, R8) Audi has lost their cachet. It doesn't appear that way in the soccer mom set driving the Q7's around but that thing was the antithesis of their never follow campaign. Talk to me when they start bringing Avants back to the USA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If true, it's a bunch of crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i see no problem in using this body style for the next TT. honestly not a big disappointment though, this car looks too much like the TT, it'd be like Ford slotting a car in between the Fiesta and the Focus.
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you going to post this same reply on every post here, all day?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can't see old people driving a Buick Astra, which is a recycled Saturn
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