"Simplify and add lightness," as Lotus founder Colin Chapman said. In a world where even supercars are subject to environmental, efficiency and emissions standards, lighter vehicles are being looked on as a sort of panacea - make it lighter, and it's automatically faster, more agile, easier to brake and better on gas.

Knowing this, it comes as no shock that Audi is looking at ways to lighten up its next-generation R8, with the brand's head of technical development Ulrich Hackenberg targeting a 110- to 130-pound diet for the mid-engine rocket. This supports previous reports regarding the focus for the next R8. Motor Trend reports that aluminum and carbon fiber feature heavily in plans for the next R8, which should go a long way toward slimming down even the lightest of R8s, the 3,678-pound V10 Plus model.

There's more over at Motor Trend, including the buff book's attempts to get Hackenberg to discuss powertrain options for the next R8.


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      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time to cut some fat AMG way. AMG's 6.2 is only around 440 LB, while Audi's 5.2 is around 550 LB. Plus they could probably cut some weight making the chassis the low budget way (like Jaguar with their sheet metal alum & glue method) as opposed to their casting & formed method. You'll have to sit into a tube given the sill will be higher than the seat but Lambo owners are willing to put up with those things.
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's still a load, and it's still ugly! Take 130 lbs of ugly out of it, and then you're onto something..... BD
        Where's the cheese?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        The R8 has been called many things, ugly is rarely one of them.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        You're really something special BD. Since I know you're track record at the internet I shouldn't care as it simply seems you have never even seen one in the metal
        Miguro Takahashi
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Black Dyanmite
        BD, the R8 is still prettier than that Toyota Camry you masturbate to.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, I didn't realize the R8 weighs so much. I don't think 110-130 pound weight loss is very ambitious.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      But still looks like a frisbee that mated with a UFO.
      • 1 Year Ago
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