Audi has revealed some details about the next-generation R8 and it seems that the company is taking a progressive approach to it. The next-generation Audi R8 will feature a two engine line-up and they will be naturally aspirated. The new engines will be enhanced versions of the 4.2 litre V8 (for the base model) and the 5.2 litre V10 (for the high performance version).
Expected power output for the V8 engine is around 450bhp (414bhp). The V10’s power output will be around 550bhp (520bhp) and 580bhp (552bhp) for the R8 GT model. Power output in brackets are for the current respective models. Audi’s decision to keep the naturally aspirated engines is similar to Lamborghini’s plan to use naturally aspirated engines for the next-generation Gallardo that is slated to release almost one year earlier. Both cars will share the same platform.
The weight of the next –generation R8 will also be substantially lighter than the current model. Its chassis will be constructed using a mixture of aluminium and carbon fibre and some body panels will be made out of carbon fibre. This will allow the car to improve its current acceleration, driving dynamics and also fuel economy. The overall kerb weight is said to be around 1496kg which is around 65kg less than the current R8.
Audi did not reveal anything about the next-generation R8’s styling but many are pointing at the company’s e-tron Concept. Expect some styling design cues from the concept car.
In the meantime, while we wait for the new car, Audi is going to release a facelift version of the current R8 equipped with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission later this year.
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