Audi gave the world a new exotic when the R8 debuted a number of years ago. Since then, several variants have come about, powered by a V-8 and V-10 and as a coupé and roadster; Audi has even experimented with a diesel V-12. Now it’s time for a redesigned R8, which will debut for the 2016 model year.
Automobile magazine is reporting that both the V-8 and V-10 will continue, although the former will be an all-new 4.0L twin-turbo with 460 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The V-10 will be a normally aspirated 5.2L V-10 giving for 540 hp and 398 lb-ft, and a Plus version will put out 600 horsepower with 413 lb-ft in the V-10 Plus. All will be available with the seven-speed S tronic with no manual option.
Like the Lamborghini Huracán, the R8 uses MSS (modular sports car system) architecture made of a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber. They also share an uprated control-arm suspension, and both will be available with dynamic steering and laser-beam matrix headlights.
The Audi R8 eTron should finally make it to regular production, with a range of 300 miles. Finally, for 2017, the production version of the Audi R8 TDI may see the light of day. Automobile says it likely will use a more powerful version of the current 4.0L turbo-diesel V-8 or may jack it up to a 5.0L V-10 TDI that currently is being developed for Bentley.