The second generation Audi R8 is out and when it was launched, it was only made available with the brand’s cooperatively developed V10 with Lamborghini, whereas the original came with a base naturally-aspirated 4.2L V8 with the V10 as an option.
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So far, there has been no mention of a V8 as of recent because Audi’s supposedly working on a new engine choice for the entry-level R8–a new turbocharged five-cylinder.
According to CARandDRIVER, who spoke with Audi’s R&D boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, the new R8 should be offered with the turbocharged five-banger to better conform with fuel economy and emissions requirements from government mandates, as well as foreign engine displacement taxes.
Hackenberg hinted that this five-banger could be the same engine showcased in the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo Concept, which in that guise, provided 600hp with an electrically-assisted turbocharger.
Specifics weren’t revealed about Audi’s new mid-engined five-cylinder R8, but either way, it sounds exciting.