- May 12, 2013
Oh yeah from a technical perspective it wouldn't be difficult at all. I don't think that's what he meant. I read it as him saying it's a limited-run Spanish product therefore LHD-only as a matter of principle.There is a RHD Formentor already, so not sure how complicated it would be to bring 5 cylinder to RHD. I'd expect the engine layout to be the same regardless of RHD/LHD and only differences in the interior (where they already have RHD version).
More likely explanation is that Audi allowed the engine to be used in only limited numbers (7000) and only LHD.
I doubt the management of Audi themselves have a veto on any technology being used in other brands. Those will ultimately be group-level decisions. Continental Europe is by far the bigger market so I'm really not sure having an RHD model would be much threat to Audi's positioning of their 2.5 powered vehicles anyway.
But yes, reading between the lines I don't expect we will see the 2.5 in any other Cupra cars after this.