It was about a month ago that we first heard rumblings of a new Audi supercar that would borrow generously from the firm's Le Mans racers. At the time, Audi R&D chief Wolfgang Dürheimer was telling Auto Express that it could be a big seller if it were a diesel hybrid, and that not only would it sell well but it would be a match for coming vehicular royalty like the McLaren P1, Ferrari F70 and Porsche 918. Auto Express speculated carbon fiber construction and numbers like 700 horsepower, 737 pound-feet of torque and a top speed beyond 200 miles per hour.

About a week ago that was updated by a report that the supercar would be unlike the R8 and, naturally, be state-of-the-art in the technology department. Now Automobile has chimed in with a deep-dive report on the supercar that has the project name of R20. To demonstrate its connection to Audi's Le Mans cars and distance itself from the R8, the report claims it will look like "a street-legal LeMans racer," meaning vertical LED headlights, "ventilated front and rear wings," the one out back being adjustable, and a tailfin running from the cockpit to the rear end.

Power would come from a diesel-hybrid setup built around Audi's twin-turbo V6, with 550 hp from the engine and a further two 75-hp electric motors turning the front wheels.
The interior would also go state-of-the-art, with a black-panel instrument cluster, active contour seats, cameras taking the place of mirrors and an old-fashioned four-point harness for that racerly feel.

Automobile believes the R20 could be shown at Pebble Beach in 2015 and go on sale in 2016, but be limited to 150 or 200 units.


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      d.hollywood
      • 2 Years Ago
      BRING IT ON! I love the R8 but if you're gonna give me something more attractive with that kind of tech and fat numbers...I'm not gonna complain.
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @d.hollywood
        In other articles they said the car is going to be a street legal LMP1 car, that sounds really exciting, it 's something that was never done before. We had GT1 cars, like the Porsche GT1 Strassenversion, Mercedes CLK GTR, Maserati MC12, but never a Le Mans prototype.
      pokornat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone else in love with the open gate 6 speed here? need more of that
      Pj Taintz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Am I the only one annoyed with engine covers that take away from the beauty of the actual engine? the carbon fibre looks great, but I want to see an engine!
      Blackwolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds a bit much I take it they are talking about the VAG 3 liter tdi engine. Currently the best performance diesel is the straight six from BMW. That makes 280Kw. If this was true the Audi will make 440Kw....
      Mens Gear
      • 2 Years Ago
      Any idea on the MPG? with the combination of the diesel and the electric motor? http://mensgear.net/
        Pj Taintz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mens Gear
        this is a race engine...does anyone really give a flying eff what the MPG is on a race engine??
          Drakkon
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          The automaker does because it will count toward their fleet mileage. They will car a lot.
      OliverTwist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, well, I was pissed off when Audi stupidly cancelled the R8 V12 TDI in 2009. Build the damn thing first since it was ready for the market in 2008.
      stewie.gg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will it look the same as ugly and gay R8?
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never gonna happen. Mid enigne turbo corvette will happen before this, I bet.
      Jmaister
      • 1 Year Ago
      The economy balance/see/saw will never recover because hings like this is still being demanded and made.
      PaulTheCabDriver
      • 1 Year Ago
      this would make a cool taxicab. i'd use it in my cab company! http://www.paulstaxi.com
      mitytitywhitey
      • 2 Years Ago
      I feel Audi is a little late to their own party. The time for a diesel supercar is long overdue. Better late than never.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Ventilated front and rear wings" means vents running over the top of the front and rear fenders to relieve the high pressure created in the wheel well. It is a separate feature than the front splitter/adjustable rear wing. Automobile is a British mag and in that part the world fender=wing.
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