According to a report by Autocar, all we thought we knew of the in-development Audi supercar we might not actually know. A piece in Car and Driver, not even a month old, said the diesel-hybrid halo car was in the design stages, would get the engine from the R18 E-Tron Quattro and its carbon fiber tub. Now we get word that that while the coupe is indeed being designed, it hasn't yet been signed off and there's no business case for it yet. Said business case, whenever it is built, is also dubious of the diesel aspect of the car at the moment – diesels aren't known for creating Pavlovian purchase responses in buyers in the two key markets of the US and China.

The report suggests that instead of a diesel, the 2014 Le Mans regulations changes "could swing the favour back towards petrol models," which would give the so-called Scorpion a better tie to racing technology. Of course, that also assumes that Audi would contest next year's Le Mans with a gas-powered car. If so, that would be an about-face on the original reasons for the halo sportscar in the first place.

In other news, seems Audi also believes it can slot another sportscar below the R8, it just needs to get the financials sorted. The R4 – a Porsche Boxster-sized roadster – that has been chattered about for years is still in on the table but appears a long way off. Company R&D chief Wolfgang Durheimer said it would need to be mid-engined and bring plenty of tech to separate itself from the TT, but mass-market price point is the catch as is the focus on other segments in the portfolio.

The least sexy side of the Audi pool, but apparently the most important, is boiling with plans for new utility vehicles and possibly an MPV. What Car? quotes Durheimer at the Shanghai Motor Show saying "SUV products are a first priority," which would fit into what we've been hearing about the brand's design overhaul, the products in question a Q above the Q7 and another below the Q3. A people mover is also said to be under consideration assuming Audi can create something that hauls six or seven while maintaining brand values.


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      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 1 Year Ago
      Apparently the MPV is the only realistic possibility. I don't think the billionaires will pay $1mil for an Audi.
        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hajime1990 #follow
        Why not? If I had billions of dollars, what's 1 million anyway?
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Audi is really overestimating the demand for sporty Audi cars. The R4 mentioned here seems to have the same mission as the TT, but probably with an even higher price. Not too long ago they were talking about a roadster smaller than the TT, while also simultaneously discussing nearly identical plans for both VW and Porsche. I find it kind of amazing that the R8 made it to production since it seems that no one, not even Audi, is happy with its positioning.
        trevor-k
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        So you speak for everyone???? The fact that you find it shocking that the R8 made it to production proves you know nothing about the brand, or cars in general. The R8 has been a success with the first 2 full years of production being sold out whe the car was introduced.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @trevor-k
          Just because it sells well doesn't mean Audi is sure where exactly it fits into their lineup or where they want to grow the platform
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @trevor-k
          Of course I don't speak for everyone. I speak for me and I write what I think. I used the word 'think' to indicate what I think and also the word 'seems' to indicate what the situation of the R8 seems to be. Perhaps I'm wrong and there actually is tremendous demand for more Audi sports cars and the R8 is, indeed, exactly what everyone wants it to be.
        Feurig
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        I don't really think so. A/S5 and R8 have been really successful. Furthermore, their S-line is improving a lot, and they are expanding RS. If there weren't demand for sporty Audi cars, we wouldn't be seeing this.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about a V-12 TDI MPV?
      sixsix
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully it gets approved. I'd really like to see Audi finally produce a supercar. R8 is NOT a supercar.
      Feurig
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would dig an Audi R4. The TT would have to be reduced though. Either that or the R4 would have to be sub-911 in price.
      chrismcfreely
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would rather they take the twin turbo 4.0 V8 from the Continental, and put it in a new R8, rather than some million dollar pointless bobble.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chrismcfreely
        that's exactly what the next R8 is gonna look like, if that pleases you.
      kargi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well it would not make sense to have an Audi R4 and a TT, one would have to go ..
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