Audi are currently in the early stages of development of the Audi R3 which has been expertly rendered for Worldcarfans by the resident Larsson and it is set to hit the dealerships in around 5 years time.

Ever since the Audi R8 was unveiled, the automotive world has speculated on what models were to follow, we already know we are going to see open top and V10 versions of the sportscar, but what about lower down the scale. The Audi TT, TTS and the as yet unreleased TT RS are more than catering to this market, but according to a report posted by Car Magazine, the lifespan of this legendary model could come to an end.

Audi are currently in the early stages of development of the Audi R3 which has been expertly rendered for Worldcarfans by the resident Larson and it is set to hit the dealerships in around 5 years time. It is yet to be decided whether the TT will continue into a third generation and run alongside the R3, but our analyses that Audi have no space in their line-up for both an R3 and TT in their line-up leads us to the conclusion the TT will cease production.

The model is being developed in conjunction with Volkswagen who will initially present of concept version of the sportscar at the LA Auto Show this November. Porsche's influence on the VW Group is clearly evident in this model with sources confirming the engine range will exclusively offer just four cylinder units to keep the model from competing with the Boxster and Cayman. This is also explains why the original plans to launch an R4 never got off the ground.

Engines likely to get the green light for the model include the 180bhp 1.8-liter TFSI, a 220bhp 2.0-liter TFSI and we should also see an S-line version hitting close to 280bhp. Diesels are also likely to find its way to the engine bay, probable candidates are the 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter TDI engines that are good for 125bhp and 204 bhp respectively.

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