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Audi R8 base version to use a 5-cylinder e-turbo engine?

A new report coming from UK media suggests the base Audi R8 will be powered by a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine equipped with e-turbo technology.

As most of you know, the second generation Audi R8 is a V10-only affair for now, but eventually it will receive a new entry-level version which will act as a successor of the previous-gen R8 V8. There have been many rumors regarding what will power the model after Audi announced the naturally aspirated V8 4.2-liter is not on the agenda.

Many are saying this new R8 derivative will employ a downsized turbocharged gasoline engine, with some saying it will be an uprated configuration of the V6 3.0-liter turbo from the recently introduced S4. Now, Auto Express is saying the car will actually get the legendary 5-cylinder 2.5-liter from the RS3 but in this new application it could employ e-turbo technology.

While in the RS3 the engine is good enough for 367 PS (270 kW), in the new R8 it will be tuned to produce well over 400 PS (294 kW) to be worthy of Ingolstadt’s supercar.

Regardless of what with power the model, don’t expect to see the base R8 coming out sooner than 2017. Until then, Audi has plans to launch a Spyder version which is due next year and will get the same 5.2-liter V10 engine offered in two states of tune as in the coupe.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.