A new report is indicating Audi will not offer the 4.2-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine in the next-gen R8. This comes as a surprise and it seems at first the supercar will be commercialized only with the 5.2-liter V10 engine which will receive a minor bump in power from the 570 HP (419 kW) in the R8 LMX to about 578 HP (425 kW).
The V8 4.2-liter engine was supposed to be implemented in a plug-in hybrid version but it seems the motor will be replaced by a smaller V6 or a four-cylinder which will likely benefit from a turbocharger for added power and increased efficiency. However, a hybrid R8 is not expected to reach dealerships sooner than 2018.
Interestingly, the same report also mentions Audi is taking into consideration a turbodiesel version of the next-gen R8, something that almost happened with the outgoing model which was supposed to get a V12 TDI that eventually ended up in the first generation Q7.
Don’t forget the next-gen R8 will be offered from day one in a full electric guise and it will be unveiled together with the R8 V10 in less than a month at the Geneva Motor Show.
Note: Audi R8 render by Theophilus Chin pictured.