After an Audi future roadmap leaked earlier this year showing a R8 V6 set for release in 2018, Car and Driver have reported that the new entry-level R8 will be powered by a 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged V-6 engine that will produce around 450 horsepower.
The twin-turbo engine is a variation of the 354-hp V-6 launched in the 2017 Audi S4. It will be mated to the same seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that is fitted in the R8 V10, with its naturally aspirated V-10 engine. Torque will be delivered to all four wheels, with a rear bias to enhance agility. Top speed will be ungoverned, and the R8 V6 is expected to max out at around 190 mph.
The news dispels rumors that the entry-level R8 would be powered by a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder, like the TT RS. “A five-cylinder engine in the R8 would have created a strange internal competition between the entry-level R8 and the TT RS,” a source told Car and Driver.
Source: Car and Driver