Blowers are the new craze, among many other things, in the automotive world as a way to squeeze out more MPGs from a car. Though interestingly, Audi says they’ll be keeping forced induction, specifically snails, out of the R8’s recipe for the time being.
When the second generation Audi R8 was revealed, it debuted with the company’s Lamborghini-sourced 5.2L naturally-aspirated V10 and recently, Audi’s been rumored to also be ditching the lovely base naturally-aspirated 4.2L V8 in favor of a new turbocharged inline-five. But now that Audi’s reportedly not introducing any new turbo motors to the R8, we’re left wondering if the V8 will remain.
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Either way, CarAdvice spoke to Audi’s engine development boss for V6, V8 and V10 engines, Jurgen Konigstedt, who downplayed turbocharging since it provides “less emotion” than a naturally-aspirated motor. And we honestly couldn’t agree any more.
Additionally, he described the V10 as not needing any more power. As for whether or not the R8 will receive a manual transmission option, Konigstedt said that they’ll be sticking with the dual-clutch box for the “foreseeable future.”
– By: Chris Chin