Primarily referred to as a maker of cost effective household cars up until the early 1990s, Audi made its entryway on the performance market in 1980 with Quattro. The famous coupe was replaced by the 80-based S2 from 1991 till 1996. Audi didn’t use another performance coupe till 2007, when the S5 was launched, but 1998 saw the release of the company’s very first full-fledged sports car, the TT. The R8 supercar followed in 2006, giving Audi the correct weapon to complete against other high-end cars manufacturers. With the R8 having been redesigned for 2015, word has it that Audi is now working on a new cars to slot listed below the range-topping model and above the smaller TT.
Likely to break cover at some point in 2018, the new cars will supposedly be called the R6 and will be developed under codename PO455. The news originates 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 sports car to borrow its platform from other Volkswagen Group items. As you may already know, the R8 trips on the foundations Lamborghini developed for the Huracan.
2019 Audi R6 Exterior
Design-wise, the R6 will remain real to Audi’s existing style language and will more than likely combine components from the R8 and TT. The front fascia will most likely bear a closer similarity to the larger R8, however the total style will be softened and less aggressive compared with 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 hallmark aspect will feature horizontal slats rather 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 also be a reduced variation of the R8, with less noticable character lines above the side skirts and below the waistline, and somewhat smaller sized vents for engine cooling. The shape of the roofing ought to also be less aggressive. Around back, we anticipate the R8 to keep the horizontal taillight layout, but the units must have a different shape and use different LED clusters. A stylish diffuser with incorporated exhaust outlets is also 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 should mix sporty and glamorous details. Our finest guess is that the control panel will most likely 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 details and possibly ditch the round A/C vents of the TT for a style that will make the R6 stand apart in the lineup.
The flat-bottom, three-spoke wheel will be carried over, as will the digital instrument cluster that displays numerous data and navigation information next to the speedometer and rev counter. Leather upholstery will probably be basic and hopefully Audi will offer more dynamic colors in addition to its monochrome combinations revolving around black and dark gray. Just like all high-performance Audis, the R6 needs to likewise feature different 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. Reinforced sports seats will be standard, of course.
It must likewise be loaded with high-end technology, although some of the fancier features might be optional. In any 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 shows selected apps from the cell phone straight on the screen, and a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.
2019 Audi R6 Drivetrain
The drivetrain is arguably the greatest mystery surrounding the R6, however since it will obtain its platform from the Porsche 718, we understand for a fact that it will have a mid-ship design. Audi has numerous engine alternatives 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 only is the Lamborghini-sourced engine is too big for the Cayman/Boxster foundations, however Audi wouldn’t allow the R6 to best the R8’s performance.
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 assume that it will want the R6 to keep away from eight-cylinder power. However that’s not necessarily a problem, as the supercharged V-6 is plenty effective at more than 300 horses in other models and Audi’s RS division could quickly tune it to provide more than 400 horsepower.
2019 Audi R6 Price
It’s prematurely to speak about rates here, however it’s safe to presume that the R6 will fall between the TT and the R8. Possibilities are the new cars will fetch 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 more than likely go into $100K territory. For reference, the R8 retails from $162,900 now that the V-8 model is not available.
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