The debut of the Lamborghini Huracán was (and remains) big news in and of itself, but equally as exciting is the imminent arrival of the Audi R8, which the Huracán presages. While the two will share a common architecture, don't expect that new R8 will simply be a cheaper version of the Huracán (like the current one arguably is to the Gallardo).

For one, the next R8 will be larger than the Huracán. According to emerging intelligence, Audi will make its sports car both longer and wider than the Lamborghini version. It'll also share the new Lambo's innovative carbon-fiber structure that will replace both the firewall and central tunnel. But to power it all, Audi will get more creative.

The next R8 will, like the current model and like the Huracán, offer a V10 engine at the top of the range. It will also offer the same 4.2-liter V8 as the outgoing model. But that won't be the end of the matter. Word has it that Audi is also working on a smaller, turbocharged engine to offer in certain markets that mandate smaller-capacity engines.

Whether that will emerge as a turbo four, a turbocharged V6 or something else remains to be seen, but in speaking with Autocar, Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg indicated they could be looking at "some numbers in between", suggesting that a turbo five like the one you'd find in the RS3, RS Q3 or TT RS could be under consideration.

One way or another, it wouldn't be the first time Audi would toy with the idea of a different kind of engine for the R8. It's experimented with V12 turbodiesels and electric propulsion for the supercar, so a turbo five – or whatever it settles on – would hardly be a big surprise.


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      Lachmund
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm so scared. The R8 to me is still one of the most perfect car designs ever. I fear they could **** it up
      Lachmund
      • 9 Months Ago
      They simply need to stay below 4.0 l to stay competitive on the chinese market since cars over 4.0 l are faced with huge tax burden.
        gameover
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Lachmund
        so all they need is the 4.0 twin turbo from the RS6/RS7/S8 bentley .... 560hp (under estimated) and more torque than a lorry lol
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @gameover
          Audi engineers already said that they were encountering cooling issues with the 4.0 TT in the R8, so they won't be using it.
          Lachmund
          • 9 Months Ago
          @gameover
          I somehow get the feeling there is another reason to that....The twinturbo 4.0 would even give the V10 a run for it's money :)
      Burn
      • 9 Months Ago
      badge engineering at the $200 grand level ... frickin pathetic..
        JMar
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Burn
        The Enzo and the Mc12 were pathetic cars too
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Burn
        How the **** is this badge engineering?!
          ihyln
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Because it's just a baby Gallardo. And to be honest, if you can't afford a Gallardo when it's $55k more expensive you probably can't afford the R8 either.
      turkeythundergod
      • 9 Months Ago
      In the places where the issue of smaller displacement engines being mandated exist, the people who can afford a car like this don't have to follow the law because of their money. I like the R8 being a little larger. Should give it a better ride and maybe a bit more grip. Plus a little more usable space makes it even better as the "everyday supercar". People can talk all they want about how sports cars should be light and small, but I've driven a Gallardo, and they are cramped inside. So I think it's a good idea overall. Also, it opens up more room for a smaller R4 model to be competing against the Cayman.
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @turkeythundergod
        I have to agree with this. If you can afford an R8, you can probably afford to pay the displacement taxes.
          sparrk
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          An R8 vith a 5.2l V10 could get more expensive than a Ferrari 458 with a 4.5l V8. Guess wich car people will buy.
      muspod
      • 9 Months Ago
      Snore.....
      muspod
      • 9 Months Ago
      just get the the lambo..why bother w this???
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