Like Ford, Audi Is Going Twin-Turbo V6 For Its Next Supercar

The age of the giant, naturally-aspirated V8 or V10 or V12 engine is coming to end. In the future, we'll all be driving efficient forced-induction cars with comparatively small displacement and fewer cylinders. That's even true of performance cars, including — if the rumours are true — Audi's next R8.

Image: 2017 Audi R8 / Mark Bean

According to Car and Driver, the entry-level version of the 2018 Audi R8 will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6, a more powerful version of the engine being dropped into this year's S4. It'll be the first R8 in the car's 10-year history with less than eight cylinders.

The move towards smaller capacity, higher specific output engines is happening across the automotive industry. Ford raised eyebrows with the new GT, which abandons the combo of supercharged 5.4-litre V8 and manual 6-speed for a twin-turbocharged V6 and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. The move, though, has obvious advantages in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Audi was previously rumoured to be using a more powerful version of the turbocharged 2.5-litre 5-cylinder engine in the TT RS in the new entry-level R8. The future R8 will be joined by an extremely limited run of the all-electric R8 e-tron; gone are the days of that lovely 4.2-litre V8 — although the current 5.2-litre V10 sounds amazing. [Car and Driver]


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    "The age of the giant, naturally-aspirated V8 or V10 or V12 engine is coming to end."

    Really?

    McLaren 650C - 3,799 CC V8
    Lambo Aventador - 6,498 cm³ V12
    Bugatti Veyron - 7 993 cm³ W16 <<<< Yes, W16!
    Ferrari 488 Spider - 3902 cc V8

    Just some of them....

    "The move towards smaller capacity, higher specific output engines is happening across the automotive industry."

    So the entire industry is actually just Ford ad Audi?

    Do you really know what you are talking about? Do you have any knowledge regarding the supercar industry? That is the only driving force behind it...Big, powerful engines and nobody gives a s#|T about CO2 and fuel consumption when paying a huge amount of money on a car...it has to go fast and sound good.

    Last edited 16/03/16 9:22 am

    Geez chill out - just look at your own examples - the Ferrari 488, their first ever mainstream turbocharged model and a smaller engine than the one in its predecessor the 458. Also, look at the last round of flagship models were all hybrids - LaFerrari, McLaren P1, Porsche 918.

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