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Audi will keep its naturally aspirated engines for the next-generation R8

By FaezClutchless on 08 Feb 2012

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The current Audi R8 has been around since 2006 and the German automaker has decided that it is time for a change. Audi has projected a release date for the next-generation R8. The hard-top version will be released sometime in the second half of 2014 and the following year for the convertible version.

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Audi R8 GT Spyder

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.

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Audi e-tron Concept

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.

Photo credit: Net Car Show

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Some say that his blood is actually RON98 petrol and some say that his right foot weighs over 20kg. But all that we know about Faez is that he loves to drive and is a JDM enthusiast.

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