Audi through the voice of quattro chief Heinz Hollerweger has disclosed the reasons why the V8 engine and manual gearbox won’t be available on the new Audi R8. He gave an interview to the media gathered at the Geneva Motor Show and said the company’s doesn’t plan on introducing the V8 engine during the second-gen R8’s lifespan primarily because the motor was not popular during the car’s first generation as many people preferred to opt for the larger and more powerful V10 engine which exceeded the firm’s estimations.
Heinz Hollerweger said the manual transmission has been terminated for the same reasons as very few people – especially in Europe – bought an R8 with the manual gearbox. He went on to specify that the dual clutch 7-speed transmission is much quicker on the circuit and only a handful of people planned on buying the new R8 with the manual so it wasn’t a viable business case to keep the transmission alive.
The new Audi R8 won’t be available only with the V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine as the Ingolstadt-based company has also prepared an all-electric e-tron variant and later during the car’s lifespan there could also be a V6 and a TDI version.