Mainly called a maker of cost effective family cars up 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 until 1996. Audi didn’t provide another efficiency coupe up until 2007, when the S5 was released, but 1998 saw the release of the company’s 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 revamped for 2015, word has it that Audi is now dealing with a new sports car to slot listed below the range-topping model and above the smaller sized TT.
Likely to break cover at some point in 2018, the new sports car will reportedly be called the R6 and will be established under codename PO455. The news originates 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 rumors show to be accurate, the R6 will become the second Audi sports car to borrow its platform from other Volkswagen Group items. As you may already know, the R8 rides on the foundations Lamborghini established for the Huracan.
2019 Audi R6 Exterior
Design-wise, the R6 will stay real to Audi’s present design language and will probably combine components from the R8 and TT. The front fascia will most likely bear a more detailed similarity to the bigger R8, but the general design will be reduced 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 similar Singleframe grille, but the hallmark component 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 needs to also be a reduced variation of the R8, with less noticable character lines above the side skirts and below the waist, and somewhat smaller vents for engine cooling. The shape of the roofing need to also be less aggressive. Around back, we anticipate the R8 to keep the horizontal taillight design, however the units should have a different shape and utilize different LED clusters. A stylish diffuser with incorporated exhaust outlets is likewise on the table, but Audi will probably ditch the vents below the taillights and replace the rear wing with a spoiler.
2019 Audi R6 Interior
The R6’s interior need to blend stylish and glamorous details. Our finest guess is that the control panel will probably be closer to the TT’s in regards to style, and feature a more standard center stack than the R8. However, we anticipate Audi to come up with brand-new details and maybe 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 shows various information and navigation info next to the speedometer and rev counter. Leather upholstery will probably be basic and hopefully Audi will provide more dynamic colors in addition to its monochrome mixes focusing on black and dark gray. Much like all high-performance Audis, the R6 must also include different aluminum trim detailing as well as carbon-fiber inserts in the range-topping model. Likewise search for contrast stitching, Alcantara, as well as diamond quilted seating surfaces. Strengthened sports seats will be basic, naturally.
It should likewise be loaded with high-end technology, although a few of the fancier features might be optional. In any case, the model will consist of Audi’s most current MMI with Navigation Plus and MMI Touch, Audi Connect module with Wi-Fi spot, the new Audi smartphone user interface technology that shows selected apps from the cell phone directly on the screen, and a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system.
2019 Audi R6 Drivetrain
The drivetrain is perhaps the greatest secret surrounding the R6, but since it will borrow its platform from the Porsche 718, we understand for a fact that it will have a mid-ship design. Audi has multiple engine choices for this new cars, 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 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, since Audi ceased that alternative for the R8, it’s safe to presume that it will desire the R6 to stay away from eight-cylinder power. But that’s not necessarily a concern, 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 rates here, however it’s safe to assume that the R6 will fall between the TT and the R8. Chances are the new sports car 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 should not cost more than $80,000 in base trim. However, the top-of-the-line model filled with all the optional goodies will probably go into $100K territory. For reference, the R8 retails from $162,900 now that the V-8 model is no longer offered.