News on the next-generation 2015 Audi R8 has been spilling forth for a bit now, but a report in Autocar has begun to put them into a single package. We knew that next R8 wouldn't offer a manual option, only a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and that the monocoque would be a lighter, aluminum and carbon affair. Audi has apparently pegged a target weight of under 1,500 kilograms (3,300 pounds), meaning it will shed more than 135 kg (305 lbs.) versus today's 4.2-liter V8 manual.

That will make the two engines in the next car – refined versions of the current naturally aspirated V8 and V10 – even more potent. Autocar didn't mention an increase in displacement, but horsepower bumps were rated at 20 hp for the V8, to 450 hp, and 25 hp for the V10, to 550 hp. The GT will also benefit from 20 additional horses, getting 580 hp. More interestingly, neither mill will benefit from forced induction as Audi wants to maintain "the throttle response, the soaring nature of the delivery and the inherent sound."

The evolution or disappearance of the sideblades on the "clean-sheet design" also wasn't broached, but the trademark signifiers don't appear in Autocar's rendering. The report states that it will take cues from the R8 e-tron (pictured), but they see intakes at the door shut-line, which feature very MP4-12C-like dual strakes. It's only a rendering, but if sideblades are what you're after then the future doesn't look bright. We'll see the sibling Lamborghini Gallardo replacement next year, a year before the R8 is shown in 2014.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Good on them for sticking with NA, a turbo feels numb at the pedal in comparison.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sideblades are iconic. I want them on, so in 50 years when they remake the R8 as a classic, they will have something to start on. The sideblades are to the R8 as gullwings are to the 300SL.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi testarossa!!! .....I'll take mine with the extra finns package please.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      CAlm down, people. These are not actual photos for the 2015 R8. The pictured vehicle is the E-Tron - don't expect these features to carry over. Like most people, I love the styling of the Side Blade. Trust that if Audi is deciding to get rid of it, it's going to look much better than our minds can currently fathom...let's wait for real images before drawing such harsh conclusions!
      • 3 Years Ago
      The R8 was already a beautiful, exotic looking car. -300 lbs means it'll perform like an exotic car too. Sounds like progress to me...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ick! The grilles look like something you order from Autozone!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please PLEASE keep the sideblades. I love the look of the hardtop so much more because it actually looks unique. Adds character
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing yet ugly machine. No elegance or style.... NONE.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It used to... but now looks outdated.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having had the opportunity to spend a few hours in the R8's, it's quite sad to hear that the wonderful manual transmission will not be offered in the future. I guess it's just going to be a push button world, tis a shame.
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        Unreal. When will you people realize? AUTOBLOG RUNS PHOTOS OF THE CURRENT CAR WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE A PHOTO OF THE FUTURE CAR! There are at least two of you morons on every rumor article. You actually take the the time to write a whole diatribe about how nothing has changed when you are looking at photos OF THE CURRENT CAR.
      Michael Alexander
      • 3 Years Ago
      stopped reading after "We knew that next R8 wouldn't offer a manual option, only a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission" smh audi
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael Alexander
        I agree. The delightful 6 speed manual is one of the best bits about the current R8 versus competitors, and the R-tronic gearbox is lamented by all reviewers. I know a dual clutch is better than the R-tronic in every way, but to me the manual suits the R8 so much better. Save the flappy paddles for the Gallardo!
      The Truth
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought you could not possibly ruin a fine design like that. I was wrong.
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