R4 e-tron Roadster Concept for Paris Says WorldCarFans
byon 09-09-2010 at 02:37 PM (2492 Views)
The website WorldCarFans is reporting that Audi plans an 'R4 e-tron Roadster' for this month's Paris Auto Show. According to the WCF story, the car may be a roadster version of the coupe (above) shown last January in Detroit.
So What Do We Think?
WCF is consistent at running a lot of news but isn't always right. In the past they've even run CGIs we've created and called them authentic so we're not entirely confident about their sources. We're even less so when they list that source only as a 'recent report' and leave it unnamed. Further, this is the first we've heard of this and have surfed all the usual magazine sites that would usually break such a story.
There's another inconsistency in this story. WCF refers to the January show car as the R4 e-tron concept. Up until now we've only heard this concept referred to as 'e-tron' or 'Detroit e-tron'. Audi has renamed concepts in the past such as MetroProject changing to A1 Project, but again, this is the first we've heard of this.
Still, there may be some truth here. About all that is officially confirmed for Paris is the A7 but journalists are in Italy this week and have access to plenty of senior Audi executives. If such a rumor were to break, this is a likely week for that to happen. Further evaluating a mid-engine design intended for the under evaluation mid-engine transverse architecture would make sense and it is likely that Audi will show some sort of concept at Paris.
Up until now we've not heard an inkling of what or if there will be a concept. Still, timing and configuration seem to sound plausible but we'll wait to hear it from one of our usual press sources or from one of our own internal sources before weighing in any further.