Primarily referred to as a maker of inexpensive family cars up until the early 1990s, Audi made its entrance on the efficiency market in 1980 with Quattro. The famous coupe was replaced by the 80-based S2 from 1991 until 1996. Audi didn’t use another performance coupe till 2007, when the S5 was introduced, but 1998 saw the release of the company’s very first full-fledged sports car, the TT. The R8 supercar followed in 2006, providing Audi the appropriate weapon to contend versus other high-end sports car producers. With the R8 having actually been upgraded for 2015, word has it that Audi is now dealing with a new cars to slot listed below the range-topping model and above the smaller TT.
Likely to break cover sometime in 2018, the new cars will reportedly be called the R6 and will be established under codename PO455. The news comes from German outlet Autobild, which likewise declares that the R6 will share underpinnings with the next-generation Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman. Both a coupe and a roadster are on the table, with the latter to sport an R6 Spyder badge. If these rumors prove to be precise, the R6 will end up being the second Audi cars to obtain its platform from other Volkswagen Group items. As you may currently know, the R8 rides on the underpinnings Lamborghini established for the Huracan.
2019 Audi R6 Exterior
Design-wise, the R6 will stay true to Audi’s current design language and will more than likely integrate elements from the R8 and TT. The front fascia will most likely bear a better resemblance to the bigger R8, but the general style will be softened and less aggressive compared to Audi’s range-topping sports car. As seen in our rendering above, we believe that the R6 will have a comparable Singleframe grille, however the trademark element will feature horizontal slats instead of the R8’s honeycomb mesh. The side consumption will be narrower, while the headlamps will be thinner and feature various LED patterns.
The profile must likewise be a toned down variation of the R8, with less noticable character lines above the side skirts and below the midsection, and a little smaller vents for engine cooling. The shape of the roof need to likewise be less aggressive. Around back, we expect the R8 to keep the horizontal taillight layout, but the systems ought to have a various shape and use different LED clusters. A sporty diffuser with integrated exhaust outlets is likewise on the table, however Audi will most likely ditch the vents underneath the taillights and replace the rear wing with a spoiler.
2019 Audi R6 Interior
The R6’s interior ought to blend sporty and luxurious details. Our finest guess is that the dashboard will most likely be closer to the TT’s in regards to design, and feature a more standard center stack than the R8. Nevertheless, we expect Audi to come up with new details and perhaps ditch the round A/C vents of the TT for a style that will make the R6 stick out in the lineup.
The flat-bottom, three-spoke wheel will be carried over, as will the digital instrument cluster that displays numerous information and navigation information next to the speedometer and rev counter. Leather upholstery will most likely be basic and ideally Audi will use more lively colors in addition to its monochrome combinations revolving around black and dark gray. Similar to all high-performance Audis, the R6 ought to also include various aluminum trim detailing as well as carbon-fiber inserts in the range-topping model. Likewise try to find contrast stitching, Alcantara, as well as diamond quilted seating surfaces. Reinforced sports seats will be standard, of course.
It needs to likewise be packed with high-end technology, although a few of the fancier features might be optional. In either case, the model will consist of Audi’s newest MMI with Navigation Plus and MMI Touch, Audi Connect module with Wi-Fi spot, the new Audi smartphone interface technology that displays selected apps from the mobile phone directly on the screen, and a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.
2019 Audi R6 Drivetrain
The drivetrain is probably the most significant mystery surrounding the R6, however due to the fact that it will obtain its platform from the Porsche 718, we understand for a fact that it will have a mid-ship layout. Audi has multiple engine options for this new sports car, however don’t get your hopes up on seeing the R8’s 5.2-liter V-10 under the hood. Not just is the Lamborghini-sourced engine is too huge for the Cayman/Boxster underpinnings, but Audi wouldn’t allow the R6 to best the R8’s efficiency.
Rumor has it that the Germans will utilize either a 3.0-liter V-6 or a 2.0-liter four-banger, both with forced induction. Why not the 4.0-liter V-8 in the RS6? Well, given that Audi ceased that option for the R8, it’s safe to assume that it will desire the R6 to keep away from eight-cylinder power. But that’s not always an issue, as the supercharged V-6 is plenty powerful at more than 300 horses in other models and Audi’s RS department could easily tune it to deliver more than 400 horsepower.
2019 Audi R6 Price
It’s too early to discuss prices here, but it’s safe to assume that the R6 will fall in between the TT and the R8. Chances are the new sports car will fetch more than the range-topping TT-RS, which will begin with around $68,000 when it goes on sale in the United States, but it shouldn’t cost more than $80,000 in base trim. Nevertheless, the state-of-the-art model loaded with all the optional goodies will probably enter into $100K area. For recommendation, the R8 retails from $162,900 now that the V-8 model is not available.