Audi’s next R8 is already in development with promises of being fast enough and advanced enough to keep up with supercar competitors like Lamborghini and Porsche (which it actually share a parent with).
Two variants will be available for the next R8, starting with a 4,2-liter V8, and going up to the 5.2-liter V10, both mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Each being based on the first-generation’s power, refinements have been made for greater horsepower and improved fuel economy. The V10 is expected to kick out 550hp, and still provide 9kmpl.
A GT is also in the works for limited production and 2016 release that makes 580 hp from a 5.2-liter V10 engine, expected to compete with the Ferrari 458 Scudiera and others in the segment.
Design for the R8 is expected to set the standard for Audi models to follow, and will include E-Tron, aluminum structure, four-wheel drive, and a mid-engine layout. Exterior design should be totally different from the current R8.
Borrowing from Porsche, the R8 should be receiving additional technology like brake energy recuperation and automatic stop-start.
Audi is also setting out to cut weight down on the R8, even though new safety technology is included, using a modular construction process. More carbon fiber parts have been added along with aluminum monocoque to lighten the body, as well.
The model is scheduled for debut at the Moscow Motor Show in August, with release in the UK as a coupe for late 2014, and a roadster for mid-2015.
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