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Looking across the Audi landscape, many models that used to get the company's high-revving, naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 are now powered by smaller, yet similarly powerful, forced-induction engines. From what Auto Express is reporting, though, the next-generation Audi R8 will not meet this same fate.

Rather than ditching its V8 and V10 powerplants, the next-gen R8 – expected to debut in 2015 – will shed pounds from its curb weight. The 2014 R8 currently weighs between 3,583 pounds and up to 3,957 pounds, but the report says that engineers are targeting a weight of less than 3,300 pounds. All models will get cylinder deactivation, which along with lower curb weights should help to improve fuel economy and emissions. Head on over to Auto Express for more reported information as well as a handful of renderings that take a stab at how the next R8 may look.


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      stonehunte
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the way it should be done. Improving aerodynamics is also helpful. Its time to get away from the popular automotive trend of making a vehicle bigger, while shoving a turbo hampster engine in it. FI cars will only be more efficient in light load situations, as soon as they hit the boost they drink as much or more fuel than their larger brethren.
      550PlusX5
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm more interested in what they are going to do with the UR-Quattro concept.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good. We can all thank tougher regs on things such as fuel economy and emissions on forcing car makers to FINALLY look at lightening up their cars.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        It's a double edged sword. The economy regulations might sway automakers into lightening their cars, but it's more likely they'd choose routes like engine downsizing while stuffing vehicles even heavier with the ever increasing safety tech mandated.
      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good. Similar to the new Golf and Mazdas SkyActive philosophy, I am extremely happy to see automakers going with lowering weight over just turbocharging. Not only do you get better fuel economy, you actually make the cars better to drive. It's a win/win. The only loss is the cost...
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      good thing is it will look much better than that strange rendering.
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good move Audi. I loved boosted cars until everything started coming with FI. Now I miss a nice, high revving N/A motor. Funny how you always want what you can't have. Sigh...
      knightrider_6
      • 2 Years Ago
      so now Audi is doing what Lexus and Infiniti have already been doing.
        LW
        • 2 Years Ago
        @knightrider_6
        still waiting for toyoxus and ninfiniti to come out with an ASF chassis.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @knightrider_6
        your trolling gets less and less interesting. sad
        550PlusX5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Oh please. Audi was the first to have a such a car car before Lexus. And Infiniti still needs to come up with an IPL line that reallly is meant to be what IPL should be. The only thing Audi should have done is revised the R8 design much sooner...
      Street King
      • 2 Years Ago
      All new cars are going to be losing weight, not just this one. Right now, this era of vehicles is going to go down in history as the "porker era". Can't wait to see the performance of the new ones that still have the "porker era" engines, but 400lbs less mass.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm curious if they would offer a rwd model as well..that would shed an additional few pounds.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dunno. Chances are they'll downsize to the 4.0 twin turbo V8.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      A shame it won't be getting the 4.0T, given the historical significance of the car's name.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve
        I'm also a bit curious about this. When this comes out, it will likely be the last remaining vehicle using the 4.2L V8 within the Audi/VW family. I'd be interested in them at least exploring the idea of offering the 4.0T.
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