Mid-engined Audi R5 could come after 2020

Audi e-tron Spyder concept

A new report is indicating a mid-engined Audi R5 could be released after the end of the decade. This isn’t the first time we are hearing rumors about a baby R8 as when the e-tron Spyder concept came out back in 2010 there were many voices saying it would eventually evolve into a production car, but that never happened.

Now, Automobile Magazine is reporting that if Audi will decide to put the next generation TT down the company’s range, this will create enough room for the launch of an R5. The fourth generation TT is expected to come out sometime in 2021, so this hypothetical R5 will be released after that, if green-lighted for production.

In other words, Audi is playing around with the idea of moving the TT down market to create enough gap between the TT and R8 to justify the existence of an Audi R5. If the rumor turns out to be true, chances are the car will be offered only with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system while the design should blend cues from the fourth generation TT and the new R8 which by the end of the decade will probably go through a facelift.

Note: Audi e-tron Spyder concept pictured.

via Automobile Magazine