Audi R8 to remain V10-only, despite rumors

For about a year now, rumors of an entry-level Audi R8, to replace the original R8 V8, have been swirling. Speculation about a potential entry-level engine, ranging anywhere from a 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 to a 2.9 twin-turbo V6, has been at the forefront of R8 news for awhile. However, it seems as if the R8 will die with the V10 come 2020.

According to a new report from Car Throttle, who recently spoke with the R8’s product manager Bjorn Friedrich, there will not be another engine powering the R8. Friedrich’s explanation was simple: “It’s the best engine for the car…We’ll stick to the V10,”

Hard to argue with that logic. The 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 that powers the Audi R8 is a masterpiece. In either power spec, 540 hp or 610 hp, it makes a ton of power and is capable of rocketing the R8 from 0-60 mph in three seconds or less, depending on the spec. More importantly, it makes the most wonderful, exotic, shrieking noise. It’s the sort of hair-raising, spine-tingling noise we dream of supercars having. And it revs past 8,000 rpm, which is insane and amazing. So not only is it a superb engine on paper, with great power and excellent performance numbers, but it’s an emotional engine as well, something every supercar needs.

Plus, the Audi R8 is on its way out. With 2019 on the horizon and the R8’s execution date in 2020, there’s not a lot of time for it left. So, even just financially, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to offer a new engine. The Audi R8 has been an incredible car for the brand, a fantastic halo car that inspired many enthusiasts to appreciate the Audi brand as a whole. It brought people into dealerships, was featured in several movies and television shows and genuinely put Audi on the map in the world of supercars. So it deserves to go out with the best engine it can possible have. That’s the V10.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.