Another Audi Rep Now Says There Are No Plans For R8 V6

Following a fresh report from Autocar that a V6-powered Audi R8 variant is just around the corner, another company spokesperson, this time from the U.S., has denied any possibility of such a model.

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.

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  • Six_Tymes

    Either way, I always thought they missed their mark with this car. They should have put the 4.0 Turbo (not the 4.2) in it when they had the chance.

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  • Bash


  • I don’t believe it, my bet is 6 cylinder R6 will be here, TT future is save too. There is rumor for next gen TT will featured 400hp hybrid RS version.

  • Timothy Gough

    Anyone knows why they stopped making the R8 with V8s in the first place? They’re going to have to make a very visual differentiation from the V6 to V10.

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