The presentation of the new Audi R8 has never been so close and indiscretions about the future supercar manufacturer continue to fall in dribs and drabs.
Introduced in 2006, the current generation of Audi R8 (illustration) is available with two engines: a 4.2L V8 with 430 horsepower and a 5.2L V10 of 525 and 550 horses. According to some sources close to the German mark, the second generation could do without the V8 to be offered at launch with a single architecture, the V10.
Recall that the future R8 will be split into a 100% electric version and might receive ongoing plugin hybrid motorization career. A diesel version is also planned. This news would not be surprising, Audi has clearly revealed its intentions with the R8 V12 TDI concept that had finally could not pass the course of the series due to technical incompatibilities between this generation and this engine that could detonated development costs.
It should finally disappear from its manual gearbox catalogue representing up to 5% of the sales of the supercar. A convertible version is also expected.
The second generation Audi R8 will be publicly presented at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.