The word on the market is that Audi is preparing their 2019 Audi R6 model, which is supposed to be the brand’s third sports vehicle within their roster. The model is likely to be released in 2018 and for now bares a codename PO455, but some people are already referring to it as the R6 car. It was reported that this car is going to have the underpinnings as the Cayman and Porsche 718 Boxster models. They also say that both a coupe car and a roadster version are going to be made with the later one sporting a R6 Spyder based badge. If all of this is true, this would make the Audi R6 the second Audi car which borrows the platform from the Volkswagen Group.
They are also calling this model a small R8 and this news is actually nothing new. It has been said for a while that Audi plans to make a car like this but ever since it was confirmed that they are planning to share the underpinnings with Porsche, the story gained more credibility. Porsche actually uses two platforms which are unique, compared to the Volkswagen group, namely for the 718 and 911 models. Sharing the later one with Audi it will help reduce production costs for Porsche while Audi will not have to develop their own platform and spend time.
The prospect of a 2019 Audi R6 will also be significant as it is a continuation of a cooperation between Audi and Porsche. In fact it was back in 1990s when the two made a RS2 Avant model together. It was a high-performance model of the Audi 80 wagon and used a 2.2-liter inline-five engine which was developed and overhauled by Porsche for this version.
Although the 2019 Audi R6 is still not confirmed there are many details that lead us that they will release the announcement about the car coming very soon.
The History of Audi’s Sports Cars
Audi is primarily known for being a provider of affordable family cars and they were known as such at least until the 1990s. The first model made which marked Audi’s entrance in the segment of sports cars was the Audi Quattro introduced in 1980. After it there was the 80-based S2 which replaced the Quattro and was produced between 1991 and 1996.
But after that it took them some time when they finally offered a new performance coupe and it was the S5 which came out in 2007. But before that the company made their first full-fledged sports vehicle which is the TT model. The R8 supercars followed in 2006 which was the opportunity that they used to fight against other sports cars and high-performance vehicles in the segment. The R8 was redesigned in 2015 and it appears that a new sports car is on its way with the R6 being the next one.
Potential Look of the Upcoming 2019 Audi R6
We expect that the newest 2019 Audi R6 combines elements from both the R8 and TT. It will certainly use the latest design language of Audi vehicles and will be instantly recognizable as an Audi car. The front part of the fascia will be similar to the R8 but the general style needs to be significantly toned down and the car will be not so much aggressive compared to other Audi’s range topping cars. The front will probably attain the familiar Singleframe grille and other trademark elements like the horizontal slats. The intakes on the side need to be made narrow while the headlamps are thinner and will be using changed LED patterns.
The profile of the car will also resemble the R8 model but it will also be toned down a bit. The character line is not going to be pronounced but will still add the side skirts be place between them and the waistline. The roof is also going to be toned down and the rear end will keep the taillights like the R8 model has. But the shape is going to be a bit different and the layout will be modified. Expected to be added is a sport-styled diffuser and added exhaust outputs which will be integrated in the lower part.
2019 Audi R6 Interior Design
The newest 2019 Audi R6 needs to blend sportiness and luxury. The interior will adopt some elements from the current Audi lineup. Namely it is expected that the dash resembles the one seen on the TT model but use a more traditional center stack design compared to one in the R8. The three-spoke design, flat-bottom, steering wheel will be transferred, and the digital display cluster will also be used to provide more information about the car. Expect to get livelier closer expect the monochrome dark grey and black combinations which is usually added.
Much like the other high-performance Audi cars so will this one add aluminum trims, carbon-fiber inserts and leather upholstery. Also, do not forget the contrast stitching, Alcantara leather, and seating surfaces with diamond quilts. Bolstered sports seats help with back support and they will come as standard probably.
Upgraded technology will include the Audi’s latest MMI which comes with Navigation Plus and MMI Touch, and Audi Connect with a Wi-Fi spot. There is also the newest Audi smartphone interface technology that allows you to directly display all of your apps and contents from your phone to the screen within the car. In terms of audio there is the premium Bang & Olufsen audio system.
The most allure probably surrounds the powertrain of the 2019 Audi R6 car. Since they are using the Porsche 718 platform it there are various engine options to pick from. But one of them is not the R8’s 5.2-liter V-10 as the platform is too small for this engine and Audi is not going the allow the R6 to be better than the R8. Some of the options are the 3.0-liter V-6 or a 2.0-liter four-banger, and even a 4.0-liter V-8. The use of these engines will easily bring the output to 300 while the RS division model would easily be tuned up to go to 400 hp.
The model could also come with a renovatedwhich is used for the TT-RS, and bring an output of 400 hp and 354 pound-feet of torque. Btu this one would be problematic to incorporate if Audi decides to give us a more powerful R6 Plus car. A turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder is also an option and might be an affordable R6 option for the buyers.
We assume that any of the chose engine will be matted to a dual-clutch, 7-speed, S-Tronic shifter without the option for a manual. Also available is the Quattro all-wheel drive and afford as standard. The speeding ability will be around 4 seconds to reach 0-60 mph while the top speed will probably amount to 175 mph.
2019 Audi R6 Prices
It is a still not the time to talk about the price of the 2019 Audi R6 but we can estimate based on the prices of current Audi cars. The TT-RS is offered for $68,000 and the R6 cannot go for less than $80,000. But it is more likely that the car costs in the realm of $100K being that the fully loaded R8 is priced $162,900.
Interestingly enough, but the biggest competition for the 2019 Audi R6 is probably going to be the car that it borrows its platform. So keep an eye on the Porsche 718 Cayman as the biggest competitor to the new R6 car.
Why does the 2019 Audi R6 Need to be Made?
Let us remind you that the 2019 Audi R6 is still in the realm of speculations, but it would make a lot of sense for this car to be made. The current markets and the vehicles seen on it would actually benefit from an Audi addition. Also the offer from Porsche is probably too good to refuse and God knows that bigger cars made bigger profits than smaller ones. We might get to see the 2019 Audi R6 in action pretty soon and the news about the release date might hit us sooner than later.