The Audi R4 concept, which has been involved in an ongoing cancellation and confirmation controversy, looks like it will finally get the green light. Audi has confirmed through Autocar, that the R4 is headed for production by 2014. The report also confirms that the Volkswagen Bluesport and a Porsche version are sill on track for production.
Each of the three brands will build their own version of the car which is essentially a two-seater, mid-engined platform. Each of the three car brands will differentiate their model with unique interior layouts, different engines and a big price difference.
The R4 will slot somewhere between the TT and the R8 in Audi’s linup. The size will be similar to that of a Mazda MX-5. Power will likely be a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine or a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 producing somewhere between 230-280-hp. A diesel option as well as a full-electric model may also be offered.
Porsche’s plan for the small roadster will likely serve as an entry model to the brand. Porsche is reportedly considering the name 550, a reference to the James Dean era 550 Spyder. Porsche’s engine of choice may be a new turbocharged flat-four producing a rather unbelievable 380-hp, an engine reported to replace the trademark flat-6 for the next generation Boxster.
News and production of these three mid-engined roadsters is still very preliminary, but enthusiasts everywhere are excited for official statements. It is exciting that all three will be structurally similar but power and aesthetics will be very different appealing to consumer from every tax bracket.