Second-gen Audi R8 could gain a V6 engine

The highly anticipated second-gen Audi R8 could eventually get a V6 engine, according to a company representative. Speaking to Top Gear magazine, the supercar’s technical lead Roland Schala mentioned the production line for the new R8 is very versatile and can be easily adapted to various derivatives of the model such as a Clubsport, GT or Superleggera variant.

Without going too much into details, Schala said a V6 engine would be the perfect solution for this car and if it will eventually be offered in the R8, the motor would develop at least 400 bhp (298 kW). Besides a V6, the second-gen Audi R8 could also get a turbodiesel engine but Audi isn’t sure yet whether the car will be quick enough with the added weight that comes with a diesel engine.

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2015 Audi R8 teaser
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Further down the line, Roland Schala hinted at a plug-in hybrid derivative but they will have to further analyze the market to make sure there would be enough demand for such a model.

As a reminder, the second-gen Audi R8 will be introduced next week at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with a 5.2-liter V10 naturally aspirated engine offered in two states of tune (532 bhp & 601 bhp). There’s also going to be a fully electric e-tron version with a maximum range of more than 400 km (249 miles).

via Top Gear

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