The upcoming facelifted Audi R8 will gain a new entry-level V6 version, powered by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter engine jointly developed with Porsche.
Of course this isn’t the first time we hear about Audi planning to offer a cheaper alternative to the R8 V10 as a genuine successor to the original R8 V8. This time however Audi officials have confirmed its existence to Autocar.
The same report says that the new V6 version of the updated Audi R8 will be offered with more than one power output, expanding the available range of the German sports car beyond the current three V10 versions.
It’s the same twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine used in the Audi RS4 and RS5, as well as the Porsche Panamera. Audi claims that the unit is capable of offering more than 500hp and up to 500lb-ft of torque with just a few subtle tweaks, but the final figures of the R8 V6 are unknown at the moment.
The new V6 version of the Audi R8 is expected to become very popular in markets like China, where car taxes are linked to the engine’s capacity. As for the visual differences between the V6 and the V10 models, these are expected to be kept at a minimum level.
Judging by our most recent scoop, the facelifted Audi R8 is getting a wider front grille and a front bumper with sharper edges and more pronounced air intakes. The rear end is also completely different from the taillights down, featuring massive outlets and circular exhaust tips.
The updated Audi R8 will debut later this year, with sales starting in early 2019.
Update – another source contradicts this report stating that there are no plans for a V6 R8 – read about it here
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