Engine downsizing and turbocharging has become the norm nowadays for making high-performance cars. Now it seems Audi will also go down this path with their high performance car as senior officials of the company recently confirmed that the next-gen R8 will become available with a turbocharged powertrain.
According to Motoring AU, Audi Board Member for Technical Development Ulrich Hackenberg and Quattro GmbH boss Heinz Peter Hollerweger have both confirmed that the company's fastest production sports car may soon have turbocharged aspiration in its current life cycle.
“It is inevitable that we will go to a turbocharged motor for it at some point. It would be in this model cycle, to give us a fuller range,” said Hackenberg.
However, much like its Italian cousin, the Huracan, the 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 will still be available though it will now be offered as a top-end model. Audi plans to make the turbocharged model become the entry-level variant instead of being on-par with some of the competition like the Porsche 911 Turbo and the Mercedes-AMG GT.
“It's quite unique to build naturally aspirated engines today and our customers love it. It doesn't mean we are not going to do a turbo, but naturally aspirated is here to stay as well,” added Hackenberg.
As for the turbocharged engine in question, Audi did not state what engine would they use though it was hinted back then that the company might use their new 2.5-liter inline-five turbocharged powerplant that was used on the TT Clubsport Turbo concept. Benefitting from an electric turbocharger, the engine cranks out 600 PS and 650 Nm of torque, which comes as a surprise since the 5.2-liter V10 found in the Huracan and R8 Plus generates 610 PS and 560 Nm of torque.
Other potential engines that may be used can either be the 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 found on the RS6 and RS7, or the new twin turbo V6 that is set to replace the RS4's V8.
Source: Motoring AU