Audi R8 To Get Twin-Turbo 2.9-Liter V6 Variant

The second-generation Audi R8 is set to receive the same 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine as the latest Porsche Panamera.

As Autocar reports, this engine has been developed by Audi and Porsche and will be utilized in a selection of Audi models, including the next RS4, RS5 and RS Q5.

In the R8, it will serve as the replacement to the 4.2-liter naturally-aspirated V8 which was available on the first-gen model. It is being favored due to harsh emissions standards in a selection of markets, particularly China.

Beyond being more efficient than the V8, the twin-turbo V6 will be even more powerful. When installed into the Panamera 4S, it delivers 434 hp at 5,650 rpm and 405 lb-ft of torque between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. By comparison, the original V8-driven R8 supercar delivered 414 hp.

While Audi could use the powertrain unchanged, it is believed to be tuning it to pump out over 500 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, thanks largely to an increase in boost pressure. Interestingly, Audi has confirmed that the engine will be offered with a selection of different power and torque outputs depending on the spec of the car.

It remains unknown when the twin-turbo V6 will join the Audi R8 family.


  • Six_Tymes

    whatever happened to the 4.0 twin turbo engine???

    • Matt

      It would out-perform the V10, which is the flagship engine perhaps?

    • Christian

      ya, I was hopeing for it too… Some say that they were afraid it would be faster than the V10, if you tuned it…

      • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

        Sometimes the heavier RS6 is quicker than that R8 in a drag race.

    • Elmediterraneo

      The 4.0 V8 biturbo is for front engine luxury cars.
      By the way for the next generations, Audi top models will use the V8 of the new Panamera Turbo which was co-developed between Audi and Porsche.
      The next RS6, RS7 and S8 will have the top spec version.
      The next S6/S7 will switch to an upgraded 3.0 liter V6 from the S4/S5.

      And about the A8 4.0T, Q8 4.0T and the SQ8 we still don’t know yet.
      But I think the 4.0T version will be dropped and the SQ8 will take back the diesel V8 of the SQ7.

  • fabri99

    I’d never thought I’d say this, but Audi needs something inbetween the R8 and the TT. Make a sports coupè for around half the price of the R8 (which is 160k, so around 75-80 grand) with a mid-engine V6 to battle Porsche and the likes. The R8 has become to much of a supercar, and it’s great as such. I’d love if Audi could pursue that and at the same time still rival sports coupès that are now significantly less expensive and less performing than the R8 but a league above the TT.

    • sohowsgoing

      They’re supposed to be coming out with a R6, which would fill that slot.

      • fabri99

        Well, then what’s the point of a V6 R8?

        • sohowsgoing

          Emissions, considering it’ll be the base model R8. The R6 isn’t out or ready yet either. It will probably slot in about 375-400 hp, so less powerful, but less pricey as well. I think it’s based off a Porsche architecture too, but I forget which one. Don’t forget about the RS 5, which is also a coupe, and will adopt this 3L twin-turbo engine.

          • fabri99

            Eh, I feel like the V6 will only make the R8 less exclusive. They also risk internal competition, since the R6 might have a hard life with the R8 so close to it. I’m not to keen on this R8 V6…

  • Evanis Stuart

    I like the R8 a lot, but the new TT RS model I’ve seen today at repokar, it’s color, it’s body shape, and even the engine… it’s so much better to me!

    • Axel Cortez

      the only issue with the tt rs is the platform and the awd it has that sucks.

      • Rick Alexander

        Not to mention that it`s basically a rebodied VW Golf.

        • Bash

          no way!!

          • Rick Alexander


  • smartacus

    Now a 500HP 2.9 tt V6 makes a lot of sense.
    it won’t step on the toes of the V10.