Audi R8 e-tron quattro

Audi is currently working on a new sports car that will sit between the Audi TT and the R8, according to a report by Auto Bild. Said to be called internally as the PO455, should it enter into production, the sports car will likely be called the R6.

Unlike the Lamborghini-based R8, it is said that the sports car will share the same platform as the mid-engined Porsche 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. According to the report, the reason for this move, is to spread the costs that come from the development of the said platform using an economies of scale strategy.

Apparently, another reason behind the creation of the R6 is to help push Audi’s sub-brand – Audi Sport and “close the gap” between the successful TT and “rather unsuccessful” R8, the report stated.

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On that note, the engine will come from Audi itself, and it will also sport quattro all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the report goes on to highlight that the entry-level model of the R6 will have about 280 hp, the mid-range model with 340 hp, and the top model with around 400 hp.

The report noted, however, that the green light has not been given for the production of such a car. That said, if it indeed goes through, the Audi R6 could be previewed next year and be on its way into showrooms by 2018. So guys, would a “baby R8” be of any interest to you? Share your comments below.