According to the relentless rumor mill, Audi is gearing up to introduce the entry-level version of the R8 supercar, which is due out sometimes in 2018, with the latest report tipping us to the power source.
The brand’s R8 supercar will allegedly pack a biturbo V6 engine and the publication cites “reliable sources” (though unnamed, as always) that say 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine that has been developed from the 3.0-liter TFSI V6 that is used inside the Audi S4 – while there are no official numbers the magazine is advancing something in the zone of approximately 450 horsepower. This engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system and while the performance details are also an unknown so early in the development stage, the entry-level R8 supercar would still be able to achieve about 190 mph (305 km/h).
The new report goes against the previous rumors that supported the idea of an entry-level R8 packing the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, as one of the sources commented “A five-cylinder engine in the R8 would have created a strange internal competition between the entry-level R8 and the TT RS.” The new powertrain will come to support the current line that has the 5.2-liter V10 declined in two power levels: 540 hp and 398 pound-feet of torque as well as 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque.
Via Car & Driver