Cars keep getting heavier. It's an unfortunate trend, but one that we've grudgingly come to accept. But the next-generation Audi R8 is tipped to buck the trend.

According to reports quoting Audi's chief engineer Michael Dick, the 2014 R8 will undercut the current model's weight by some 100 kilograms (220 lbs), while increasing torsional rigidity by 30%. That's no mean feat, and to get there, Audi will reportedly build the chassis out of a combination of aluminum and carbon fiber.

That last bit may benefit from the advanced carbon construction methods being developed by sister-company Lamborghini, which Audi owes to a large degree for the existence of the R8 altogether.

Will that mean the next-gen R8 will shoot up in price, or are we looking at one of the most accessible carbon-fiber supercars in a field populated by exotics three to ten times the price? We'll have to wait and see, but we're expecting a facelifted version of the current model before the all-new one arrives in 2014.


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      bouljf
      • 3 Years Ago
      The current R8 weighs in at roughly 3,500 lbs. With a 200 lbs saving it would be almost 700 lbs lighter than an S5, a car that will do 60 mph in the high 4s. I say if it helps keep cost down offer a supercharged V6 model with a dsg, it would have amazing looks and performance for 911 or SL550 money.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB, you did notice that the R8 is a Gallardo reskinned, right? Lambo is going to composites, so of course the Audi that is a reskinned Lambo is doing the same.
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The R8 V8 and Gallardo only share 15% of their parts. But you're right , the new R8 and the Gallardo replacement probably will share a platform and i don't see anything wrong with that as long as the Audi version is cheaper... relatively speaking.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Lamborghini going carbon/aluminum for next-gen R8 chassis." There, I corrected it for you. :)
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        As someone else said, the current R8 only shares 15% of its parts with the Lamborghini. BUT, Audi developed the current chassis under the Gallardo. So Audi will actually be developing this chassis, not Lamborghini.
          rty
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Exactly and 5.2 FSI is made by Audi not Lamborghini, made by Audi for Lamborghini and R8.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gen 2 of the R8, hard to improve on the looks of it.
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isny alluminum realy weak tho it could cause issues
        KAG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        When it is flat, but Audi is wizards with it.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Uh there's bunches of cars out there built with aluminum. Check out Jaguars. Have been built out of aluminum for quite some time, and they haven't had issues with it being too weak in a crash.
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      The R8 is no where near "accessible" AB.... not even in V8 form. Expensive is Expesnive. Thats like saying you can buy a LP 570-4 but the LP 570-4 Superleggera is out your reach... it doesnt make sense to me.
      wallstreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      I find the chief engineer's name to be fitting, given that he works for Audi.
      Pnt Stl
      • 3 Years Ago
      add an s-tronic in this, it would be the best commute car ever.
      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a great news. Too bad that recycling carbon fiber is very cost prohibitive, even for car manufacturies (try to separate resin/ hardening from the carbon cloth). Infact, to these days only aviation companies have that kind of cash to do so. http://www.recycledcarbonfibre.com/ Once the Government finds out, exotic cars will have to be made out of different recyciclable materials, or taxed more.
      PatrickH
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know why Autoblog and others are so complacent about vehicles' weight.. Sports cars (and all cars) have gotten too heavy. There really isn't any excuse. Anyone else find it funny that the next generation R8 will need aluminum and extensive use of carbon fiber to get it's weight down to that of a $60k Corvette?
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is good news for us bottom feeders that are looking for a V8/V10 R8. This new one will surely depress the price of used R8s! Keep 'em coming, Audi!
      Carlos Vargas
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unless Audi comes up with some new way to manufacture CFRP the price will likely go up a lot. Close molding comes to mind but its the resin cure time that usually kills cost.
        Jason Allen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carlos Vargas
        It is an entirely new process Lambo is working on with Calloway golf. It's also with the UW (in seattle) and in Italy. The new process involves lightwieght carbon fiber chips in a simple mold. It is MUCH less time and energy put into the molding process. It is quite a difference in the cost of production too. It's the way the Sesto Elemento was made. It is an admirable production advancement.
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