Future plans for the Audi R8 lineup

If you’re an avid fan of the Audi R8, you know that full-LED headlamps isn’t the only thing Audi has planned for its amazing supercar that has done wonders for the four circles brand.

First Audi will launch an RS8 next year that will be powered by the 5.0L V10 TFSI engine from the RS6 Avant producing 580-hp (160 more than the current R8). The car has been confirmed by Audi’s powertrain development manager and was recently spotted at the Nurburgring. The Audi RS8 will feature larger front and side air intakes, a shiny chrome grille and oval exhaust tips.

Audi will then drop a convertible R8 in the second half of 2009 which will be available only with the current 4.2 liter FSI 420-hp engine. It would be nice to see Tony Stark in a drop-top R8 that he can fly out of when necessary.

As with the two amazing looking R8 V12 TDI diesel concepts we saw at Detroit and Geneva, Audi says:”We want to build it, but we can”t make the existing V8 car quickly enough.”

Production for the Audi R8 has been sold out for months to come with queues of six to nine months in most markets.

“˜Why would we launch the R8 with the V12 TDI engine now, when our order books are full and we have the high-performance V10 coming?”

Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept:

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Audi R8 V12 TDI Le Mans Concept:

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Source: CAR