• Nov 28, 2007
If at first -- or three times -- you don't succeed, then try a V10 without turbos. After a few RS8's went up like popcorn while testing with the twin-turbo V10 from the RS6, Evo magazine bolsters our report from yesterday that the new supeR8 will come with a normally aspirated V10. However, it will be a clean-sheet-of-paper engine, and not related to the V10s in the RS6 or Lamborghini Gallardo, but rather an evolution of the V8 in the RS4.

In his interview regarding the incinerated R8s, Quattro boss Werner Frowein said that Audi was experimenting with a V10 that would get more than 500 horsepower, but the fact that the brand would commit to a brand new powerplant -- even if it is an evolution -- is somewhat surprising. Evo pegs the new engine at about 520 brake horsepower, which would put it ahead of the M-division unit from BMW and even the freer breathing versions of AMG's 6.2-liter lump. The car's arrival has been pushed back slightly to satisfy demand for the regular R8, though. In the mean time, we'll savor the possibility that the new engine will go in the S8.

[Source: Evo]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wait, so why are gas prices so high again?
      • 7 Years Ago
      seriously, autoblog (and others), it's about time you think a bit and realize audi won't call this beefier version the RS8. it'll be an R8 just like the v8. calling it the RS8 would just tangle up their naming scheme (since an RS 8 would be an RS version of the A8 (and damn, why don't they make one?), much like the RS6 is to the A6, etc.).

      also, TT-S and TT-RS are similarly ridiculous names.
      • 7 Years Ago
      missed opportunity if they stay with the SR8, should be the GR8, simply for the phonics of it...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Or, as the blogger almost said ... "incin-R-8"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome Car. Remik from http://findrapidlinks.com/
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm actually more interested in the potential of an oil-burner supercar to follow up their LeMans success...
      • 7 Years Ago
      How can it be a "clean-sheet-of-paper engine" and "an evolution of the V8 in the RS4" at the same time? Wha?

      Anyway, I agree this sounds like the wrong way to go with this apparently already fantastic car. If they want to go more extreme, they should go the Superleggera/GT3/CSL route with it. But I guess big numbers sell cars. Sigh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Based purely on what I've read about this car... adding a V10 is completely unnecessary, and for bragging rights only. It's a fantastic machine exactly as-is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      With Porsche cutting prices and the GT-R out maybe they feel they have some competition in the 480hp awd dual clutch sports car that most people can't possibly afford segment :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      such a cool looking car
      • 7 Years Ago
      all i want for christmas is an audi r8 an audi r8 an audi r8
      • 7 Years Ago
      it just isnt the same w/o the twin snails...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, I think the R8 looks so much better blacked out like that.
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