By on July 25, 2008

Half an R8 is better than noneImagine you have a twin brother (or sister) and you both have a mad need for an Audi R8, but finances only for one car. What to do? How to share? Well, no worries. Audi's considered that possibility and decided to cut their R8 in half. Yes, you've read correctly. They will just divide some R8s by two and start selling little R4s. Number of cylinders, power figures and prices will follow the same simple scheme: R8 ÷ 2. Of course Audi isn't producing motorcycles yet, so each R4 will have four wheels, two chairs, etc. But it'll a little bit smaller than the R8. And to show just how confident they are with their R8 halves, they'll make them compete against entire cars, like the Porsche Cayman/Boxster or the Lotus Elise. Design-wise expect the initial coolness of the R8 but reduced by a half for the R4 in an attempt to avoiding cannibalism. Still, I bet we'll be seeing a lot of that as VAG wants to produce a Seat and a VW on the same platform. Some even say that the new VAG "sponsor" would like to develop the future Cayman/Boxster pair on the same platform. They should just offer interchangeable brand logos; that way you could change your car according to mood.

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13 Comments on “TTAC Photochop: New Audi R4...”


  • avatar
    Landcrusher

    I like the idea. More sports car competition in the Elise class will benefit us all as the manufacturers will likely learn some lessons about weight.

  • avatar
    AKM

    Would it replace the TT? They seem too close for comfort.

    I understand that the TT is more a boulevardier while the R4 would be sportier, but still. This said, I agree with landcrusher that if it translates into low weight, it may be a great idea.

    BTW, pretty hot rendering. Much nicer than the current TT, and than the R8.

  • avatar
    austinseven

    Ugly little bastard, ain’t it?

  • avatar
    Keef

    @austinseven: No way man! That thing is HOTT! I’d snap one up in an instant: low weight, mid engine, tuned 4 cylinder… The rendering has got excellent sportiness, but not the egregious swoops you’ll get with an Elise. Plus I’ve never cared much for the R8’s so called “sideblade”, so I’m happy to see that go away for the smaller car.

  • avatar
    Claude Dickson

    And just how are they going to differentiate the R4 from either the Audi TTS or the TTR??? One has a joke back seat and the other doesn’t???

  • avatar
    rob

    It looks good. As was raised at the end of the article, this might be too close to Porsche to make sense (cents?). With Porsche buying up VW/Audi, it would good to have the R4 share platforms with the Boxter/cayman, but I don’t think the market is big enough for the two of them.

  • avatar
    SunnyvaleCA

    How about the newest version of the 2.0T engine in a rear wheel drive configuration.

  • avatar

    Me want. But I can’t afford any Audi (and the long term reliability and maintenance costs scare me), so I might as well just leave the growly-German-sex-on-wheels R8 on my dream list.

    How about that new Lotus Evos? That seems like a much more likely competitor (bigger, more comfy, V6, “four” seats); the Elise is for short people who like raw-edged driving and are willing to sacrifice comfort for a motorcycle on four wheels (ie, me), the R4 is definitely going to be more of a mid-engined TT.

  • avatar

    Plug a TDI in and a targa top and I’ll be the first on my block to buy one. (Not white though!)

    –chuck
    http://chuck.goolsbee.org

  • avatar
    Nemphre

    Audi is adding way too many models. This will bite them in the ass eventually.

  • avatar
    capeplates

    Audi are the tops! They look good, drive good and make you feely bloody good. I’m in

  • avatar
    Johnster

    I like the idea, although it does seem uncomfortably close to Audi’s own TT.

    If it were to go forward the platform could be shared with VW, as they have been teasing us with small mid-engined concept roadsters for what seems like forever.

    And it might work as a replacement for Porsche’s Boxter/Cayman, or perhaps a car slightly smaller to slot in below the Boxter/Cayman. (A revived 914 anyone?)

  • avatar

    If they announce a lightweight, mid-engined R4 targa that maybe slots between the Elise and Boxster in specs – well, it will be the first car I will put a deposit down that day.

    As for the TT, I imagine the R4 would replace it. Between an R4 and maybe an A3 coupe and convertible, there would be no room.

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