• Apr 1, 2008
If you were disappointed by the news that Audi would not put the R8 V12 TDI Le Mans into production, we've got some exciting news to lift your spirits. According to emerging reports, Audi has confirmed previous rumors that a V10 will find its way into the R8's midship engine bay in the second quarter of next year. And not just any V10, either: the 580-hp twin-turbo V10 from the RS6 Avant. (And here we thought Audi developed that engine just for a station wagon.)

The news is attributed to an interview in Autocar magazine with Wolfgang Hatz. What, you don't know who Wolfgang Hatz is? Tssk-tssk. (Okay, we didn't either.) He's the head of powertrain development for the entire Volkswagen Group, and he says the engine has already been signed off on. Initial cooling problems that caused previous prototypes to burst into flames have been solved chiefly through the addition of a roof-mounted vent like the one seen on the previous R8 V12 TDI concept. Reports suggest the supercar will get the nameplate RS8, although there's the potential for Audi's halo car to be confused with an RS version of the A8 sedan. While we're forced to take everything with a grain of salt today, this is one lead we hope isn't an April Fool's Day hoax.

[Source: Autocar via German Car Scene]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      they should call it the RS8. and the A8 should just be the S8 without a RS- version to limit confusion. better yet make a RS package for the S8. Problem solved ( at least for me)
      • 6 Years Ago
      RSR8 not only sounds meaner, itll leave room for the twin turbo A8 which Audi so seriously needs, The S8 is so damn slow that even the LS600hL can stay in a dead heat with it acceleration wise. an RS8 would neuter that Alpina Bimmer no trouble at all!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except for the turbocharged V12 and AMG S-classes the S8 is fastest in it's class. Especially for that price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The other day as I was strolling past a Carrera GT in front of the bar I was going into, it occurred to me that I could check it off my list of exotics I haven't seen here in S. Fla. The R8 has not be spotted by me or my friends down here. The ballers just ain't into them. Probably that side burn thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ive seen 1 or 2 here in colorado, and I know there are more. we're ballin, haha.

        the reason the R8 (V8) has gotten such incredible reviews is because it is such a perfectly balanced car--it handles incredibly, is great on the street, and wont disappoint on the track. hopefully audi can make it so that the R8 V10 will also be balanced enough to be an amazing car in all situations(i see the extra weight of 2 more cylinders and 2 turbos potentially making the car a bit heavy, throwing the vehicles dynamics)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uhhh, guys.........

        It came out last September. They've only delivered about 400 or so in the US to date, so it's no surprise you haven't seen one Nick.

        I've only seen three since September
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hmmm, you sure? I just assumed it was out since MT tested it like 4 months ago..
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Audi has pulled such an absolute blinder that I'm looking at my new Gallardo Spyder and wondering if there's some sly way I can get my money back."
      Since this was Jeremy Clarkson's reaction to the regular R8, I cannot wait for reaction to this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully these won't catch on fire and burn to the ground like the previous test mules.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thats what I was thinking. I guess they got the heat thing figured out, as these were the ones that kept burning.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm thinking R8-S would be a more appropriate title. -- It kind of makes me cry a bit inside that such a terrifying package isn't here yet, and won't be accessible by the likes of me. :*(
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree. RS8 is fine. Or they could go with R8 V10. I was skeptical Audi would detune the V10 turbo so it wouldn't cannibalize Gallardo sales, but they said the hell with it, I guess. The V8 version is already one impressive piece of machinery. The V10TT will be a monster! Way to go, Audi!
      • 6 Years Ago
      When I hear the name "RS8", I immediately think of the long-rumored ultra high-performance version of the A8 sedan. Giving two completely different vehicles the same name would be ridiculous.

      How about calling the RS version of the R8 the RSR8?
        • 6 Years Ago
        What about a displacement designation? A4 2.0T, A6 4.2, Q7 3.6, etc.

        Maybe this will be an R8 X.X? Just a theory
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or what about the R10?

        It has a twin turbocharged 10 cylinder engine, so that could be a logical explanation.

        For the record, I called this this past Nov when the story broke- I thought it was a smoke screen and a relatively easy fix. Needless to say this car is going to kick some serious butt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Has there been any official explanation for why the diesel isn't being used? It's low-volume super car anyway... they can't find 100 people who want diesel power ?
        • 6 Years Ago
        My understanding was the V10 TDI might just be too big for a production car. Edmunds has an article I believe explaining the engineering difficulties with fitting the engine into the car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, just the crossplane crank V8
        Ferrari won't give up a flat plane crank V8.
        Right now-V12, V10, V8
        So if the eco-mentalists keep nagging.
        near future-V10, V8, V6 (something for the Dino)
        In a dystopian future
        V8, V6, I4
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just to spread the criticism around. The V8 is DEAD. The Electric Motor is more powerful and more efficient. This is a colossal waste of time and money.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Brian: Well, I beleive that's mostly the issue as well. The Diesel is a V-12 though, not a V-10 as you stated.

        The engine is large enough that the firewall had to be moved farther forward taking away cabin space.

        We will likely see the 4.2L V-8 TDI in the R8 though instead.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/20/did-we-say-50-50-audi-r8-v12-tdi-not-coming-4-2-v8-tdi-instea/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, can't wait for a RS8 vs LP560 vs 911 Turbo all Porsche group battle!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Eh, whatever. The R8 is a work of automotive art just the way it is.
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