The Audi R8 is quickly to grow to be extra inexpensive, because of the introduction of an entry-level variant powered by a V6 engine that can arrive as a part of a mannequin facelift later this 12 months.
Utilizing a twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol unit that is shared with the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS4 and RS5, the mannequin will prolong the R8’s attain within the sports activities automobile phase and in impact fills the void left by Audi’s older, naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 petrol engine.
The six-pot powerplant is a 90deg engine that has been developed in a three way partnership between Audi and Porsche as a part of a brand new modular engine household recognized below the working title of KoVoMo.
Audi has not supplied a V8 with the Mk2 R8 due to what Ingolstadt officers describe as a mix of the excessive value of updating it to fulfill future emissions requirements and considerations in markets akin to China, the place street tax is linked to engine capability.
Within the newest Panamera 4S, that V6 engine delivers 434bhp at 5650rpm and 405lb ft of torque between 1750rpm and 5500rpm when working a comparatively low 0.4bar of turbocharger enhance strain.
With delicate tweaks, together with higher enhance, this engine is claimed to supply greater than 500bhp and as much as 500lb ft, though Audi has but to substantiate the output of the brand new R8 variant. Audi officers have advised Autocar that the unit will include greater than one energy output.
One instance of Audi’s need to increase the R8’s attain is the latest launch of a rear-wheel-drive model of the V10 mannequin, the R8 RWS. Whether or not the V6 R8 will undertake an entry-level rear-wheel-drive model has but to be revealed; Audi may select to not supply such a low-cost model to retain a sure degree of exclusivity for the R8. The RWS mannequin begins at £112,450, suggesting the V6 mannequin might convey the value nicely under the £100,000 mark.
Regardless of sharing a structure and the variety of cylinders, this 2.9-litre engine differs in capability from the three.0-litre V6 lately launched by Audi within the new S4 that was additionally developed by the three way partnership.
Additional differentiation is discovered within the induction system, with the S4’s engine utilizing a single twin-scroll turbocharger and the two.9-litre model getting twin turbochargers.
The one visible cues to distinguish the V6 mannequin from its V10 sibling, in keeping with noticed growth vehicles, are smaller exhaust baffles hidden behind the rear grilles. The previous has been made doable because of the V6’s decrease quantity.
Essentially the most lately noticed check automobile is working with a V10 (above). The fitment of camouflage on the bumpers suggests the aesthetic adjustments can be targeted there.
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