Entered the market in autumn 2015, the second generation Audi R8 is currently only features the big V10 5.2, whereas its predecessor was also available with a naturally aspirated 4.2 V8 (420 hp and 430 hp). The first R8 had also started his career with this “small” engine, through which she could compete more modest GT like the Porsche 911 Carrera or Aston Martin V8 Vantage. We learn today from our Dutch colleagues Autobahn that the new R8 will have too much of a less powerful version than the current V10 and V10 more, except that it will now be equipped with a twin-turbo V6 instead of former aspirated V8.
With a photo of a provisional agenda of the upcoming Audi models, so we have confirmation that this R8 V6 will arrive sometime in 2018, as the new A6, A7, A8, RS5 and Q8. This small R8 should take the 3.0 V6 Biturbo which will also be used in the next RS4 and RS5 and possibly develop a power of around 450 hp. It will take at least that to the GT does not let himself be overwhelmed by the next TT RS, which should have at least 367 hp and will make his entrance early 2017. It seems that this less powerful version of the R8 is necessary for the time to replace the old V8 but mostly to satisfy some markets such as China, where the big guns are penalized.
Finally, we also learn through this planning brand that the R8 Spyder will make its debut shortly before the beginning of 2017, at the same time that the new Q5 and shortly after the new A5 and S5 coupe. The Sportback and Cabriolet versions of the A5 will arrive in spring 2017 while the SQ7 and RS3 sedan will debut in the summer. The RS4 is not visible in the picture; we can infer that it should be presented to us very quickly.