The second-generation Audi R8 adopts the same Twin-Turbo V6 that will be found in the 2018 S4.
The 2017 Audi R8 was introduced as a completely reborn car. Everything from the drivetrain to the body was redesigned for this second generation. While many were surprised to see Audi ditch the original 4.2L V8 entry-level R8, along with the manual gated-shifter, the decision was made in order to provide a more thoroughbred super car experience. Hence, the V10 and V10 Plus paired with a 7 Speed Dual-Clutch were the only two options originally available.
After seeing an “Audi vehicle launch date timeline”, along with the recent confirmation by two Audi execs, it is safe to say that the latest R8 generation will now be offered with a Twin-Turbo V6 in 2018. This same engine will also be found in the 2018 Audi S4, which is expected to produce 354HP. The V6 R8 will be mated to the same dual-clutch transmission found in the V10 models. As with the S4, the Quattro system will be more rear-wheel drive biased to enhance the performance characteristics.
While there is very little detail given on the actual specs of the engine and vehicle, the Twin-Turbo V6 will give this R8 generation a new entry-level model – one that is more affordable and toned-down to satisfy those looking for a comfortable super car to daily drive.
Many super car manufacturers such as Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz are ditching the conventional naturally aspirated motor in lieu of turbos, so it comes as no surprise Audi would be next to adopt this technology. Back when the first generation R8 was released, the V8 was the norm for high performance vehicles (as such, the V8 could be found in Audi’s RS4 sedan at the time). With turbos providing a more efficient method for producing power, a Twin-Turbo V6 makes sense in an entry-level R8. More information will be provided as it becomes available, but for now, we patiently wait.