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55VW Bluesport Roadster might finally be dead before it lived

A Black Knight stalks the ramparts of corporate castles, he carries a shield decorated with a wreath of beans, he swings a double-edged spreadsheet and he rides a terrifying black mare called The Bottom Line. His name is The Business Case and if a new report from Autocar is accurate, he's done his foul work again, this time dealing another blow to the already-long-delayed Volkswagen Bluesport Roadster. Even though the engineering work for the two-seater convertible is reportedly finished, it app

42014 Audi e-tron Spyder [w/video]

Ahhh, the beautiful and elegant Audi e-tron Spyder.

412014 Audi e-tron Spyder [w/video]

Driving Audi's Futurethink Diesel-Electric Roadster

31Spy Shots: Audi R4 up close and in camo

That mysterious Audi coupe we saw in grainy video form is slowly becoming more clear. The above photo shows off some of the styling lines, even though the curly-Q camo is trying hard to hide them. Originally, the internet was abuzz with word that this vehicle could be related to Audi's all-electric e-tron. Now, however, many are now backing away from that thinking – the large brakes, sporty wheels and shining tailpipes suggest otherwise. This could very likely be an R4 coupe or cabrio prot

9Video: Mystery Audi coupe spied on ski slopes

Mysterious Audi coupe – Click above to watch video after the jump

39Report: Audi R4 to launch in 2013, slotted below the TT

Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddReport: Audi R4 and Volkswagen BlueSport "look good" for production

Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

14Report: Manufacturing questions standing in the way of Audi R4 production

Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

42Rumormill: Volkswagen head (kinda) confirms new entry-level Porsche 356

Volkswagen Bluesport Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddDetroit 2010: Audi e-tron Detroit Concept presages production R4

Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

45Detroit 2010: Audi e-tron Detroit Concept presages production R4

Audi e-tron Detroit Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddRendered Speculation: Pondering what an electric Audi R4 roadster would look like

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 roadste

9Rendered Speculation: Pondering what an electric Audi R4 roadster would look like

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 roadste

31Rendered Speculation: On-again, off-again Audi R4

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19Mid-engine Audi R4 back on the table?

Audi made it clear last March that the baby R8 was dead. Despite numerous rumors that Audi would get its own version of the upcoming Porsche Boxster/Cayman replacement, the decision was made to nix plans to create the mid-engine Audi R4 over fears that it would cannibalize sales from its Porsche-badged brethren. An Audi spokesperson went so far as to say that, "It was never in our product planning." Well, AutoExpress is reporting that tales of the R4's demise have been a bit premature.

54Volkswagen unveiling two-door Elise fighter in LA, new sports car

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9The Word from On High: "No Audi R4 for you!"

For almost a year, we've been hearing rumors from a variety of sources that Audi planned to build a mid-engine sports car that would utilize the Porsche Boxster's underpinnings after the Stuttgart crew takes a majority stake in Audi's parent company, Volkswagen. By most accounts, including a leaked product outline, the so-called Audi R4 was on its way to production by 2010. But according to Automotive News, the plans have been dashed due to Porsche executives who worry that the R4 could steal sa

17Rendered Speculation: Audi R4 coupe in the works?

It's been rumored for some time that Audi and Porsche would be teaming up to produce a handful of new models over the next five years. From a manufacturing standpoint, both automakers could benefit from shared development and production costs, while consumers would get their hands on some very compelling product.

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