A turbocharged version of the Audi R8 will not be hitting the market in the near future.
According to the guys from CarAdvice, the sports car, which is currently in its second generation, will not be offered with a turbocharged engine under its hood, in the near future. Our source has been quoting Jurgen Konigstedt, the head of development for the V6, V8 and V10 engines from Audi, who said that the ten-cylinder unit is enough for the moment and the need for a turbocharger added to it is not justifiable just yet. A naturally aspirated vehicle is more emotional thanks to its sound, to the sensation offered when it is revved up to the redline and to the throttle response.
The Audi R8 V10 doesn’t need the extra oomph provided by a turbocharger and such a version will not be making use of this unit as it is believed to get a new twin-turbo V6, or the familiar five-cylinder 2.5 liter engine. The second generation of the Audi R8 is being offered in two versions, regular and V10 Plus, both of them packing the same 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10. This is available in two outputs, with 540 HP (397 kW) & 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque, and with 610 HP (449 kW) & 650 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. The new Audi R8 has an evolutionary design, LED headlights and taillights, Alcantara / pearl Nappa leather in the cabin, a 12.3-inch display and much more.