V6-powered Audi R8 likely canceled

This week’s New York Auto Show apparently won’t be the venue where Audi is going to introduce an entry-level R8 powered by a biturbo 2.9-liter V6 engine. Even though rumors have been going around since 2016, the highly-rumored and efficient engine won’t be coming to the R8. Road and Track, citing an Audi spokesperson, stated “there is no V-6 planned.”

A product map leak revealed Audi’s plans of installing the new V6 from the RS5 Coupe and RS4 Avant in a cheaper R8, but the 2018 model seems to have been scraped. Ultimately Audi decided to keep the 540-hp V10 model as the base version of its mid-engined supercar. The V6 engine displaces 2.9 liters and makes 444 horsepower.

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There’s a bright spot in all of this, however. Spy shots seem to show a hardcore Audi R8 GT is in the pipeline, and it will likely house a more potent version of the V10 engine that makes 610 hp and 413 pound-feet of torque in V10 Plus guise.

Audi also has said that while the current R8 still has plenty of life in it, the future third generation is not being considered at this moment, with the company shifting most of its resources towards electrification.