Primarily referred to as a maker of budget-friendly household cars until the early 1990s, Audi made its entryway on the efficiency market in 1980 with Quattro. The famous coupe was replaced by the 80-based S2 from 1991 up until 1996. Audi didn’t provide another performance coupe up until 2007, when the S5 was introduced, but 1998 saw the release of the company’s very first full-fledged cars, the TT. The R8 supercar followed in 2006, giving Audi the correct weapon to contend against other high-end cars makers. With the R8 having actually been redesigned for 2015, word has it that Audi is now dealing with a new sports car to slot below the range-topping model and above the smaller sized TT.
Likely to break cover sometime in 2018, the new sports car will apparently be called the R6 and will be established under codename PO455. The news comes from German outlet Autobild, which also claims that the R6 will share foundations 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 reports show to be accurate, the R6 will become the second Audi sports car to borrow its platform from other Volkswagen Group items. As you might already understand, the R8 flights on the underpinnings Lamborghini developed for the Huracan.
2019 Audi R6 Exterior
Design-wise, the R6 will remain true to Audi’s existing style language and will most likely combine aspects from the R8 and TT. The front fascia will probably bear a closer similarity to the bigger R8, however the general style will be reduced and less aggressive compared with Audi’s range-topping sports car. As seen in our rendering above, we think that the R6 will have a comparable Singleframe grille, however the trademark component 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 should likewise be a softened variation of the R8, with less pronounced character lines above the side skirts and listed below the waistline, and a little smaller sized vents for engine cooling. The shape of the roofing need to likewise be less aggressive. Around back, we expect the R8 to keep the horizontal taillight layout, but the units should have a various shape and utilize various LED clusters. A sporty diffuser with integrated exhaust outlets is likewise on the table, however Audi will most likely ditch the vents below the taillights and replace the rear wing with a spoiler.
2019 Audi R6 Interior
The R6’s interior must blend sporty and elegant details. Our finest guess is that the control panel will probably be closer to the TT’s in terms of style, and feature a more conventional center stack than the R8. Nevertheless, we anticipate Audi to come up with brand-new information 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 steering wheel will be rollovered, as will the digital instrument cluster that displays various information and navigation details next to the speedometer and rev counter. Leather upholstery will most likely be basic and ideally Audi will provide more lively colors in addition to its monochrome mixes revolving around black and dark gray. Similar to all high-performance Audis, the R6 should likewise feature numerous aluminum trim detailing as well as carbon-fiber inserts in the range-topping model. Likewise try to find contrast stitching, Alcantara, and even diamond quilted seating surfaces. Boosted sports seats will be basic, obviously.
It ought to also be packed with high-end technology, although some of the fancier features might be optional. Either way, the model will include Audi’s latest MMI with Navigation Plus and MMI Touch, Audi Connect module with Wi-Fi area, the new Audi smartphone user interface technology that displays picked apps from the cell phone straight on the screen, and a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.
2019 Audi R6 Drivetrain
The drivetrain is perhaps the biggest mystery surrounding the R6, but because it will obtain its platform from the Porsche 718, we know for a fact that it will have a mid-ship design. Audi has numerous engine options for this new sports car, but do not get your hopes up on seeing the R8’s 5.2-liter V-10 under the hood. Not only is the Lamborghini-sourced engine is too huge for the Cayman/Boxster underpinnings, however Audi would not enable the R6 to best the R8’s efficiency.
Report has it that the Germans will use 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, because Audi stopped that option for the R8, it’s safe to presume that it will desire the R6 to stay away from eight-cylinder power. However that’s not always a problem, as the supercharged V-6 is plenty effective at more than 300 horses in other models and Audi’s RS department might quickly tune it to provide more than 400 horsepower.
2019 Audi R6 Price
It’s prematurely to speak about prices here, however it’s safe to assume that the R6 will fall in between the TT and the R8. Opportunities are the new cars will bring more than the range-topping TT-RS, which will start from 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 top-of-the-line model loaded with all the optional goodies will most likely go into $100K territory. For reference, the R8 retails from $162,900 now that the V-8 model is no longer readily available.
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