New reports have surfaced suggesting that the second-generation Audi R8 will no longer be offered with a V8 engine.
According to Australia’s Motoring, sources within Audi have confirmed that the old 4.2-liter V8 engine will no longer be available on future R8 models. The 2016 R8 will be available with only one engine option at launch — a 5.2-liter V10 good for approximately 580 hp.
The same sources that confirmed the demise of the V8 also hinted at the possibility of a turbodiesel-powered R8. Motoring’s sources did not offer a clue as to which diesel engine would be offered. The previous-generation R8, however, was very close to receiving a version of Audi’s V12 TDI engine.
Adding even more fuel to the rumor mill is the suggestion that the R8 could also be offered as a plugin-hybrid. Audi has hinted at the possibility that the R8 could be offered with either a V6 or four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. This setup would likely be assisted by either one or two turbochargers. Enthusiasts may have to wait a while for this version of the R8 to materialize, however. Motoring reports that a plug-in hybrid R8 won’t hit dealers for at least three years after the new R8 is released, if at all.
The next-gen Audi R8 will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.
Michael Thame yay!
The current one is also V10?
It’s already v10…
Read the article Hasan and Geoffrey ;)
I expected that they would use the 4.0 TSI. I’m happy with that V10 tho
Dans 20 ans on aura des bi cylindre sur les voitures de sport lol
there are two versions .. the 1st generation R8 featured a TwinTurbo V8
I read the article and maintain my comment. The R8 was introduced initially with a V8, but has not been offered with that engine for quite a few years now.