Word of a new baby R8 has stared to surface, with what sources have been calling the new R6. This new mid-size sports car will slot in between the TT and R8, and will most likely be a rival/sibling to the 718 Porsche Boxster/Cayman.

Sources indicate that the R6 could be revealed in 2017, though it won’t be on sale earlier than 2018.

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If the R6 does ever see the light of day, it’s likely to share the underpinning with the 718, bringing production cost down overall.

Areas where the R6 will differ are in terms of engines and drivetrains, with the Audi variant powered by their 2.5-litre turbocharged 5-cylinder, and the addition of their Quattro AWD-system, instead of the 718’s RWD configuration.

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Entry-level versions will be tuned to 210 kW, mid-ranged variants 255 kW and the range-topping flagship 300 kW.

Based on concept images it appears the R6 borrows design elements from the TT, R8 and the Audi Sport Quattro Concept that was shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.