Audi Considering a Smaller Engine for Next R8

By Jacob Brown | March 07, 2014
We've not yet been made privy to the goings-on of the next-generation Audi R8, except for two things. One, it's going to be much the same as the current car. And two, it's going to be a lot different. We say that because we know that the next Audi R8 will employ carryover V-8 and V-10 engines from the current car, displacing 4.2 and 5.2 liters, respectively. Audi isn't putting its next-generation turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 into the R8 because it won't fit. We also know that it will be mid-engine and share quite a bit under its surface with the Lamborghini Huracan, the new small Lambo that just debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. But then, Audi's Ulrich Hackenberg said there are some changes a-comin'. First, there was an e-tron all-electric model that was shelved for lack of a business case and limited range. The technical director now says that the car will achieve 280 miles on a charge. Getting costs in line will be the next tough part.
He also hinted that smaller engines could be coming as well. For this generation of Audi R8, a diesel version was planned. Seeing as how Audi has championed its TDI diesel technology to the point that it now campaigns the engines in endurance sports car racing, it makes sense that a TDI sports car would be in the works; even a four-cylinder is possible. While Audi hasn't announced anything yet, we anticipate that it will try to integrate more technology into its next-generation supercar. After all, racing tech only means so much if it only stays on the track. Source: Autocar