Don’t expect to see these in your Audi showroom any time soon, but don’t be surprised if you do see one of these in the future. Theo Chin, auto artist extraordinaire, has created a few Audi A1 concept variants so we can get an idea of what might be coming our way within the next few years.
First up are the two variations of an A1 convertible:
Audi A1 Cabriolet
Audi A1 Soft-Top
Next up we have some high-performance versions of the A1:
Even though Audi specifically said they won’t be making the RS1, I do expect to see the S1 one of these days. And if that’s not enough for you, there will be plenty of aftermarket tuning companies to tickle your fancy.
Courtesy of Theophilus Chin
Insiders at Audi have confirmed production of the R8 Convertible, probably to be released in 2011. The R8 Cabriolet (hopefully called a Spyder instead,) will most likely forgo the retractable hardtop, and instead use a fabric roof. We assume this because of the limited space in the rear from the R8′s mid-mounted engine, and from Audi’s previous use of fabric tops. Whether the convertible will receive the V8 engine from the original R8 or the upcoming 5.2-liter V10 is unknown at this time.
I am very against the idea of a convertible R8, regardless if it’s soft- or hard-top. Some cars simply should not be made into convertibles, and the R8 is one of them. I think the R8 is one of the best-looking cars on the road, but as a convertible it looks terrible. Some of the earlier shots I’ve seen of the R8 Spyder have been downright ugly, and a video of the prototype lapping a track has the car sounding great, but looking terribly awkward. The video is below.
Please Audi, don’t make this car.
An AudiWorld forum member recently spotted this in Florida, between Tampa and Sarasota. As you can see, this soon-to-be-released A5 Cabriolet test mule is sporting a 2.0-turbo four cylinder engine instead of the current 3.2-liter V6.
The AudiWorld member said the “hot chick” driver of the A5 Cabriolet confirmed that there is an Audi test facility nearby, and that the car was an automatic. Check out more pictures below: