Audi would be developing a new mid-engine sports car for 2018. The surprising part of what the German magazine Autobild reports is that the new car would be created over the Porsche 718 platform. Not the current one, but the future platform, for the next generation 718, also known as Boxster and Cayman. And that it will be named R6, becoming an intermediate product between the TT and the R8. Check the video below to see the renderings Autobild has created on the future Audi sports car (we hope your German is up to date; if it is not, just stick with the images, as we did!).
The new platform is being developed under the codename PO455 and the explanation for having an Audi R6/Porsche 718 sports car is cost. With declining sales for the segment, developments in new architectures get too costly for the expected sales volumes. We just wonder what may happen to a 911 with this shrinking in sports car sales. Will it ever share its platform with another car? Will it become more expensive in order for each unit to help pay the today cost of new developments? Interesting questions for us to answer as time goes by.
Speaking of the new Audi R6, it will probably be powered by the 2.5 EA885 5-cylinder engine currently used by the Audi RS3. It will be able to deliver 206 kW or 280 kW, for starters, but this engine can produce up to 405 kW, according to Autobild. Just like the 718, it will have coupé and roadster versions, but, unlike the Porsche version, it should come only with the quattro all-wheek drive system.