When quizzed by Road & Track about what the future holds for the mid-engine supercar, an Audi spokesperson stated that “there is no V6 planned for the R8.”
This could mean one of two things. The first -and obvious- is that the German marque indeed has no intention of launching an entry-level R8 with the same twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine as the RS5. The other is that -and this happens more often than you think – perhaps the British magazine’s sources were talking about Europe and R&T’s about North America.
It all depends on how you ask the question. If you inquire about the possibility of BMW adding a three-cylinder engine to the 3-Series to a U.S. rep, they’ll outright deny it, and they’d be right as there are no plans to offer such a powertrain over here. Yet BMW does offer an array of three-pot units across the pond, so sometimes you have to be specific.
Either way, the news on the V6 Audi R8 is just the latest chapter in a story which has been circulating for more than three years.
Shortly before the second-generation R8 premiered, word first emerged that a R8 V6 was being developed. Statements from the company only helped to solidify the possibility of such a model. What’s more, the existence of such a model was seemingly confirmed when a reported Audi future product outline leaked and indicated that a V6-driven R8 would arrive in 2018.
Whatever the true story is, don’t expect this to be the last you hear about a R8 V6.