The current generation Audi R8 is powered by a V10 engine shared with the Lamborghini Huracan but could a leaked image suggest a V6 version is now in development? The image from rpiwarren (below) appears to show Audi’s upcoming launch schedule, including an R8 V6 in 2018.
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A leading figure in Audi technical development, Roland Schala, recently revealed to Top Gear that the flexibility of the R8 platform would make it possible to build a range of new derivatives, from stripped-out racing versions to ones with new engines.
Despite Audi’s extensive use of diesel engines in endurance racing, Schala ruled them out because they’re too heavy and wouldn’t suit the R8’s emotional side. He did suggest, however, that a petrol V6 would be “a perfect engine for this kind of car”.
New Audi R8 V6 styling
The R8 V10’s styling is dominated by the need to cool the 602hp-capable 5.2-litre V10 engine. This means a less powerful V6 version may be able to do away with a many of its intakes and vents in favour of a simpler, paired back design.
The angular styling of the R8 V10 and other recent Audis should be carried over to the new V6 powered car but there will no doubt be many new features to help differentiate it from its more powerful brother.
New Audi R8 V6 interior
Audi’s Virtual Cockpit system will almost certainly be available in the V6-powered R8. The rest of the interior will probably be built to the same high standard as the R8 V10 with swathes of leather and Alcantara trim, and a similarly excellent driving position.
New Audi R8 V6 engine and driving
The most likely engine for use in the R8 chassis is the 3.0-litre V6 predicted to be fitted to the new RS4. This engine should produce around 480hp thanks to twin-turbochargers and the same lag-reducing electric air compression system used in the new SQ7.
Schala didn’t confirm whether a R8 V6 would be assisted by turbochargers, mentioning that Audi was currently focused on developing high-revving non-turbo engines for the R8 – although speculation suggests this could be a mid-range V8. Whatever system is eventually developed will comfortably produce more than 400hp.
New Audi R8 V6 price
If the R8 does eventually receive the V6 treatment, we can expect it to cost significantly less than the £120,000 V10 model. If it’s positioned to compete with the Porsche 911, the R8 V6 could come with a price tag of approximately £80,000 depending on its final specification.
New Audi R8 V6 release date
The one thing we can confidently state is that Audi is looking to potentially launch a V6 powered R8 in 2018. It will probably be a coupe model initially with a convertible possibly following later in the year.
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