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    • Audi LeMans inspired R10 diesel supercar not yet approved for production and a mid-engine R4 sports car below the R8 "may be" coming

      Well, this is news of sorts. Audi made some waves when the R10 diesel supercar for the street based on inspiration from the LeMans diesel race cars was said to be in development. As of right now, there apparently is no business case for the diesel supercar. That is exactly what Audi technical director Wolfgang Durheimer stated, "No business decision on series production, but we hope to create one." So, as of right now, this car is not approved for production and all the talk has just been talk.


      Want more Audi sportscar talk? Apparently they feel there is room below the R8 for an R4 model which would challenge the Porsche Boxster although this car seems unlikely as well. First of all, sales between it and the Audi TT Would overlap and secondly Porsche likely wouldn't want direct competition from Audi considering they are both a part of the VW group now.

      Durheimer likes the Audi of a mid-engined Audi below the R8 though stating the R4 is in "design, packaging and evaluation" phases of development. He went on to say, "It's difficult to realize for production. We would want to bring technology to the segment, but getting the volume and pricing right for a mainstream sports car would be a challenge. Something mid-engined would be the perfect solution for an Audi of this size. It would have two boots, perfect weight distribution and perfect handling."

      So basically what is coming from Audi after the Shanghai motorshow regarding more sportscars is a bunch of "maybe" it will happen. They seem to be focused more on SUV's for now.

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      1. Puerto Rican 335d's Avatar
        Puerto Rican 335d -
        That sucks
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        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Puerto Rican 335d Click here to enlarge
        That sucks
        Doubt any of us were in the market for it anyway.