Audi R8 prototype spied testing possible turbocharged engine

We are eagerly waiting for Audi to finally show the second generation of the R8 and chances are we won’t have to wait that long as the model will reportedly be unveiled in the months to come. Seen here is a prototype of the supercar testing on the Nürburgring in Germany and power could possibly come from a turbocharged gasoline engine.

Audi already confirmed plans for a turbocharged R8 but they said forced induction will not be available from day one, hinting the model will continue with the naturally-aspirated 4.2-liter V8 and the larger 5.2-liter V10. However, in this video the engine sounds turbocharged and it could turn out to be a replacement for the eight-cylinder engine.

It could turn out to be a twin-turbo V6 which will also power the next generation RS4 and RS5 duo. There’s also the possibility for a larger twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter sourced from the RS6 & RS7 & S8 trio, but most likely Audi’s engineers are going down the V6 route for the base R8.

Engine aside, the 2015 Audi R8 will borrow its architecture from the Lamborghini Gallardo-replacing Huracan and should lose some weight. A probable reveal is this October at the Paris Motor Show, with sales to start towards the end of the year or early 2015.

via BridgeToGantry

Adrian Padeanu

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