Sure the potential Audi R6 is rumored to use the same platform as the 718 Boxster and Cayman but it won’t look anything like its Porsche siblings and the engine will be swapped out for something more Audi-esque.
This rumor has been circling around for a while since the 2010 Paris motor show when the Quattro concept was revealed but if Audi does follow through, the R6 could be what bridges the gap between their TT models and the R8 supercar.
Unlike the more rounded Porsche Boxster, the R6 is said to “receive sharp, muscular-looking design that will borrow styling cues from the bigger, V10-powered R8”. We could see both a coupe and convertible body style and it could have a similar front grille design along with indented and vented side panels.
Something else differentiating the R6 from its 718 brethren is the engine. Audi may put their Quattro tuned turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine into the R6. An entry level R6 could get around 280 horsepower with the mid-range trim getting 340 horsepower and the range topping version may be tuned to get around 400 ponies. Paired with this engine will be Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.
You may be wondering why Audi would work with Porsche to produce a sports car when the global market for this segment has been on the decline recently. The decline is exactly why they’re partnering on this, it’s a way to spread the platform development costs between two companies and three models.
Audi themselves have not confirmed this and it’s all just rumors and speculations right now but if they do decide to push out a R6, it could be a possible alternative to the 718 Boxster and Cayman.
For those interested, here is Auto Bild's video in German.