The already confirmed turbocharged Audi R8 is coming, but we will have to wait a while until it’ll hit the market. It will act as an entry-level version of Ingolstadt’s supercar but it will not be available in the foreseeable future as according to Audi’s head of development for V6, V8 and V10 engines, Jurgen Konigstedt, it will take a while until the R8 will embrace turbocharging.
He motivated his answer because he believes the V10 5.2-liter FSI’s performance potential makes the turbo engine unnecessary at this point. He went on to specify that a naturally aspirated engine has some advantages over a turbocharged unit, such as the throttle response, sound and also the unique sensation of being able to rev the car to its redline. He also said that with a turbocharged engine the car is less emotional, but nevertheless at some point in the R8’s lifecycle there will be a turbocharged version acting as the entry-level model.
As far as other gearbox choices such as a DSG or a new conventional automatic, Jurgen Konigstedt said they aren’t planning any other transmissions which means that in the near future the R8 will only come with the seven-speed, dual-clutch ‘box.