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.
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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