The Audi R8 will not be getting a twin-turbo V6 as previous rumors suggested.
Audi’s R8 supercar has been around for far longer than most supercars, but It seems that German carmaker doesn’t plan on making a more entry-level version to encourage on-the-fence buyers to take the plunge into supercardom.
The previous generation of R8 saw a 4.2-L V8 appear a few years after the R8’s introduction as a sort of entry-level sports car that was both easier to afford and less intimidating to drive (not that the R8 has ever been described as intimidating for drivers). With 424 hp and a little more interior space, one could argue it was a good everyday supercar for taking the kids to their private school.
It was widely speculated that the current generation of R8 would receive a similar entry-level engine, only based on the same 2.9-L twin-turbo V6 that powers that RS4 and Porsche Panamera. There was even a leaked production schedule that said to expect such an R8 by the year 2019.
Now it seems those rumors are incorrect. Speaking to Car Throttle at the 2020 R8’s unveiling a few weeks ago, R8 project manager Bjorn Friedrich said that the 5.2-L V10 will be the R8’s only engine in its second generation.
“It’s the best engine for the car,” he said. “We’ll stick to the V10.”
With a distinct lack of engine options, it seems that Audi doesn’t plan to keep the R8 around for a third generation. As Car Throttle suggests, we might see the name remain for an all-electric supercar based on the PB18 unveiled at this year’s Pebble Beach, but that would be looking far into the future.
The 2020 R8, set to hit dealers next year, will feature a redesigned front fascia, new color options, and three new trims each with a slightly different tune to its 5.2-L naturally aspirated V10. The best of the best, the Performance trim, will produce 611 hp--a 34 hp bump over the most powerful 2018 model.