Audi confirm R8 will never use Twin-Turbo V6

After rumours the R8 would adopt the RS4's engine in a new entry level version, Audi has confirmed it won't happen for this generation.

2y ago

With the Audi R8 recently receiving its mid-life refresh, power increases throughout its range suggested there may be room for a lowered powered, entry level model to target the 911 Carrera.

Rumours of such a car began circulating a number of weeks ago, saying that the updated R8 would introduce a brand new variant powered by the 2.9L 444bhp Twin-Turbo V6 you currently find in Audi’s RS4 Avant. Now however, it appears we can officially confirm that rumour was utter nonsense!

In an interview with Car Throttle, the new R8’s project manager Bjorn Friedrich said that the R8 in its current generation will only ever be powered by the 5.2L normally aspirated V10 that we know and love. You can wipe the sweat from your forehead now!

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed the words “current generation” in that sentence, hinting that come the MK3, the R8 will finally bid farewell to the V10. It is believed however that the next R8 will either be a fully-electric hypercar, with no option of a petrol-powered version, or it will follow Lamborghini into hybridity with a 1000bhp e-tron offered alongside the range. Whatever it turns out to be, we’ll have to wait until 2022 to find out.

But what do you guys think about this? Did you quite like the idea of a new entry-level R8 powered by a Twin-Turbo V6, or are you glad it’s a V10 supercar and nothing less? Let me know in the comments.

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Written by: Angelo Uccello

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Comments (11)

  • Maybe a gap for a car between the TTRS and the R8?

      2 years ago
  • twin-charged inline 5

      2 years ago
  • Imagine the abuse you'd get down the Lodge for buying the V6. And the disappointment you'd feel every time you fired it up, realising your life hasn't gone well enough to afford the V10. I'd imagine it'd be much the same as every Boxster or Cayman owner must feel when they think "if only I'd done a bit better/worked a bit harder I'd be driving a 911" 😉

      2 years ago
    • Yeah haha... at least v8 powered stuff you have that growl.

        2 years ago
  • V6 will dilute their Halo Car so would be a bad move

      2 years ago
  • Smart move. The only real successful turbo V6 car is the r35 GTR but that’s also because at first it was insanely cheap. The XJ220 should be an example for everyone.

    Now they really should try that v12 diesel again! That was something I think everyone wanted but never came.

      2 years ago
    • I wish they would use the diesel v12 cause that thing would Hall but I doubt they would use it after diesel gate

        2 years ago
    • I don't know about that - the Mercedes P106 hybrid twin turbo v6 has powered 5 cars to F1 titles 😉

        2 years ago