According to the latest report, the Audi R8 range is set to grow with a new base model, set to use the same 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine as the one inside the 2017 Porsche Panamera.
The new engine is actually a joint venture production between Porsche and Audi which has to do with an all-new family of modular engines for high-power applications, so there should also be a new V8 in store. The V6 powers the Porsche Panamera 4S and has 440 horsepower (328 kilowatts) and 405 pound-feet (549 Newton meters) of torque. At Audi, the engine could also be found inside the next-generation RS4 and RS5, as well as the hotly anticipated RS Q5. If the company also brings it inside the R8, it will serve as a replacement for the old 4.2-liter, naturally-aspirated V8. The second generation R8 uses for now a 5.2-liter, naturally-aspirated V10 motor.
Audi hasn’t yet confirmed the performance credentials of the new V6 for its model range, but it did state there will be more than one power output options. Apparently the old V8 mill has passed away due to the world’s emissions rules and the engine capacity-related taxation in China – and we can say the entry-level R8 has been rumored so far on more than one occasion.