The Audi R8’s position as the last of the big-banger supercars is about to change, with a twin-turbo V6 version on the way. It’s about to slot at least two output versions of the 2.9-litre, 90° V6 into the mid-mounted engine bay of its all-alloy supercar.
Due to be shown at the New York Motor Show this week, the V6 will be the first non-V10 engine stuffed into the R8 since the original, first-generation R8’s 4.2-litre V8. The engine, developed with Porsche, is already doing its thing inside the RS4 and the RS5 and is completely different to the standard Audi 3.0-litre TFSI V6, though they have similar capacities.
It develops 331kW of power and 600Nm of torque in RS5 specification, giving it a sprint time of 3.9 seconds to 100km/h — or just 0.2 seconds slower than the just-launched R8 V10 RWS. That’s also a significant chunk more torque than the V10 musters (60Nm, which arrives at 1 900rpm instead of 6 500rpm) and its power peak is only 66kW shy of an engine 2.3-litre larger.
There has been no confirmation of what power outputs the V6 versions will have, but there may be some protection of the V10’s flagship position. – BD Motor News