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Several videos of a mystery Audi coupe have surfaced online, showing what appears to be the upcoming R4. The videos were taken at the Olympia Ski Resort in the Tyrolean Alps in Austria and it seems as though a production company is making either a commercial or a promo video for the new car.
The smaller model looks very much like the e-Tron Concept that was first shown at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year and recent reports have suggested a roadster version of that car will debut at the upcoming Paris Auto Show as a close-to-production R4.
Check out the videos after the jump and compare the car’s lines with the e-tron concept from Detroit:
GALLERY: Audi E-Tron Concept
Proving that the electric car revolution isn’t likely to happen over night, Audi has said that it will build just 1,000 versions of its E-Tron sports car, with pricing set above the R8. News comes from the U.K.’s AutoCar after an interview with Audi design boss Achim Badstubner.
Considering Audi’s R8 with the 5.2-liter V10 runs a cool $146,000, that is no small chunk of change for a vehicle that certainly won’t perform like Audi’s current supercar.
Badstubner said that with 5,000 international dealerships, sales of 1,000 units was feasible, but added that the cars would be built to order – an obvious sign that Audi isn’t confident in demand. In the interview Badstubner went on to comment about the limiting factor that the cost of batteries have and also said that electric cars are typically city cars, which designed for short distances and not for high-performance driving.
Audi does, however, believe there will be some takers for the car; early adopters who have the means and don’t mind the added cost to be both different and environmentally conscious.
The E-Tron is powered by four electric motors (one for each wheel) that make a total of 313-hp. It is expected to go on sale in 2012.
GALLERY: Audi E-Tron Concept
Audi has already confirmed that the E-Tron concept that made its world premiere at the Frankfurt Auto Show last month will see production, and now recent reports suggest the car will go under the R4 badge. The news comes from the U.K.’s AutoExpress, which also suggests gasoline versions may be available and that this vehicle would be based on the next generation of the Porsche Boxster and Cayman platform. This would mean that it would slot in between the TT and R8.
Like the concept, the production model will use four electric motors (one for each wheel) to deliver Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive performance like never before. The car will make over 300-hp and more than 3,000 ft-lbs of torque with a 0-60 time of just under 5 seconds.
The R4 is expected to see production by 2012.