It’s lengthy been rumored that the Audi R8 is on its method out, that this second-generation would be the final. Nevertheless, we’re now listening to that not solely may the R8 see a 3rd technology however that it may also get one other V10.
The present 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 used within the Audi R8 is a superb engine. It makes a sensational noise, it has a wonderfully linear powerband and its efficiency ranges are epic. Nevertheless, rising emissions laws and sluggish gross sales have brought on Audi to rethink the R8’s future. Fortunately, there’s some considering that the R8 deserves a 3rd go and that it ought to hold its V10.
“The V10 is an icon, and a USP throughout the phase,” Audi Sport boss Oliver Hoffman instructed Autocar. “With the present R8, our clients love this automobile. We’re combating for the V10, however [for the next-generation] it’s roughly a query of ICE [internal combustion engine] or electrification, and which sort of engine is helpful for it.”
We’ve lengthy heard that the next-generation Audi R8 would really turn into all-electric to remain alive, after which would go by a distinct identify. So evidently Audi Sport actually needs to make one other R8, it simply comes down as to if or not it can use one other V10 or electrical motors.
One of many advantages Audi now has is its e-tron model. With the four-ringed model pumping out EV after EV, together with an increasing number of plug-in hybrids, it can have a really low general emissions ranking. So it can have the prospect to additionally develop one other free-breathing V10 supercar. It additionally has the good thing about being companions with Lamborghini. The Italian supercar model has already acknowledged that it’s dedicated to the naturally-aspirated V10 engine. So Sant’Agata’s continued use might help Audi hold growth prices low for the V10, focusing extra R&D on electrification, and simply borrow the V10 tech from Lamborghini.
“We’re working very shut with the blokes from Sant’Agata. The one option to develop such sorts of automobiles is to share the associated fee for growth work and to have a really, very robust platform technique.” stated Hoffman.
That is excellent news, because it means there’s an opportunity for one more Audi R8 V10. Hopefully, that doesn’t decelerate the arrival of an all-electric supercar, as one thing like a manufacturing PB18 e-tron would even be superb. Although, we’re by no means going to complain about extra V10-powered supercars, irrespective of how a lot they decelerate EV growth.
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