A lot of rumours about a twin-turbo V10 Audi R8 floated around the web lately. Audi revealed that they tested R8’s with the twin-turbo V10 from the RS6 but experienced cooling problems which resulted in a number of test-mules burning down completely. With that said Audi has decided to build a brand new V10 without turbo’s from scartch.
Confirming our earlier news story, the V10 engine will be completely new and not related to the V10s in either the RS6 or the Lamborghini Gallardo. Instead it is essentially a development of the high-revving V8 from the RS4 and R8.
Engineers tell us that this new engine will shade BMW’s 500bhp M Power V10 – as found in the M5 and M6 – in terms of outright power and revs. Considering BMW’s figures, that means the new 5.2-litre engine should be good for around 520bhp and rev beyond 8250rpm.