Audi has rubbished the rumor of introducing a 3.0-litre V6 engine to R8; current 5.2-litre V10 unit to continue
Audi Sport has rubbished the rumor of the R8 getting a 3.0-litre V6 engine in 2018. The German luxury car brand clears that the current 5.2-litre V10 engine will continue in the Audi R8 in future. Meanwhile, an interesting fact is that the sportscar could receive electrified powertrain technology. As Audi says, the brand is thinking about an electrified powertrain technology for the model.
Audi has past experience of electrified powertrain technology, as the German car giant introduced hybrid powertrains to all the variants of the new A7 and A8. In that case, R8 too could receive the same greener powertrain tech, but not in near future, as the brand needs more time to develop the technology that will be fit for such a high performance car.
However, Audi indicates it is working on the technology and it could be introduced in next 10 years. Introducing a battery pack comes with an inevitable problem that will surely affect the performance of the Audi R8. A battery pack’s massive weight will surely bring down the acceleration capability and top speed of the sportscar.
As Mr. Markus Haverkamp, technical project leader for Audi R8 says, this car is lightweight and fast. A high performance hybrid R8 demands a larger battery pack that weighs a lot and it contradicts the capability of fast lap times. Therefore, we have to wait more for the battery technology to develop further.
Audi R8’s V10 engine currently comes with cylinder deactivation technology that shuts down row of cylinders under load and conserve fuel by 10% compared to the previous model. Therefore it also emits lesser CO2 compared to the old model. Audi R8 is certainly one of the most attractive performance cars around the world and it is currently available in two different variants, V10 and V10 Plus.