Frankfurt Auto ShowFRANKFURT – The Audi Le Mans Quattro supercoupe is coming to the U.S. in 2008, says Johan de Nysschen, executive vice president-Audi of America Inc.

The niche vehicle will be priced about $120,000, to compete with the Porsche 911.

Volume will be kept to 600-800 units a year in the U.S. to maintain the exclusivity of the halo car for the brand.

The vehicle was first shown as a concept at the 2003 Frankfurt auto show with a V-10 FSI gasoline direct-injection engine with twin turbochargers to develop in excess of 600 hp – making it more powerful than the Lamborghini Gallardo, which was to be the extrovert of the two V-10-powered supercars. Audi AG owns Lamborghini. (See related story: Audi Tilts at Porsche with Le Mans Quattro)

Audi Le Mans Quattro

The mid-engine production Le Mans Quattro, which could bow first in Europe in mid-2007, will be more subdued.

Audi is expected to position its super car below the $175,000 Gallardo, with a choice of V-8 engines, including a biturbo, leaving the V-10 to Lamborghini to fight off Ferrari.

Meanwhile, a new Audi TT is coming next summer for Europe, and six to nine months later for North America, says Rupert Stadler, Audi board member and chief financial officer.

The original TT debuted as an ’01 model and was refreshed for ’06 with a 3.2L V-6 mated to a Direct Shift Gearbox transmission.

Stabler describes the design of the next-generation TT as more mature.

The new roadster will continue to be built at the Audi Hungaria Motor Kft. plant in Gyor, Hungary.

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