Audi to develop entry-level R8
Luxury German car maker Audi is planning to slot a new R8 into its line-up. This turbocharged car will be an entry-level version of the supercar and will be easier on the pocket.
The 2017 R8 has a 5.2-litre V10 engine that delivers 398lb-ft of torque; however, the outgoing version's V8 engine will not fit into this model and Audi is looking to produce a forced-induction engine for the entry-level model.Speaking about the current situation, Audi board member Dr Ulrich Hackenberg explained: "It is inevitable that we will go to a turbocharged motor for it at some point. It would be in this model cycle, to give us a fuller range." It is currently unclear whether the company will go for five or six cylinders, or even another option; however, there are several obvious possibilities. Audi has been developing a V6 biturbo to use as a replacement for the V8 in the RS4 and has also been working on a newer, more efficient version of its five-cylinder engine.
Running alongside these improvements, Audi is working on a 48-volt sub-system that will be used to work a compressor for a biturbo engine. The aim here is to level out pressure when the engine is running at slower speeds before the turbochargers take over.
Motoring experts have their voiced opinions and everything points towards Audi opting for the five-cylinder option; however, anything and everything is a possibility in the world of luxury cars.
The price of the entry-level R8 has not been leaked yet; however, the outgoing R8 V8 was priced from just over £74,000.