It has been finally revealed that Audi will be adding a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 to its R8 series. According to the news first broken by Autocar, the incredible 90-degree, gas-powered turbocharged V6 petrol engine will feature on Porsche Panamera and the two Audis – RS5 and RS4. The association of these two sports car makers results from the joint effort known as KoVoMo – a new modular engine family.
The present version in Panamera 4S makes 405lb-ft and 434 horsepower, which basically means the new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 which may offer as much as 500 horsepower will be the real deal. Surprisingly, even the current Panamera 4S boasts more power and torque than the earlier R8’s 4.2-liter V8 whose output was 430 horsepower, 317 lb-ft torque.
This new engine comes with subtle tweaks that consist of higher boost and is expected to offer over the expected 500hp and 500 lb-ft. According to engineers from Audi, however, the V6 unit will come with multiple power outputs, different from those of other Audis.
Currently, the base value of V10 starts at $164,900, according to Autoweek, though it remains to be seen whether this new upgrade would push the price down to $100k or lower. Maybe the price will reduce if Audi chooses to introduce a rear-wheel-drive version similar to the new R8 RWS.
A below $100k car from this automaker might sound a bit too far-fetched, even if this new one offers 400hp, 400lb-ft. But it is possible, though if it eventually turns to be true, then it could mean this new car will belong to the same category as AWD cars such as Porsche 911 Carrera S and Nissan GT-R.
From the few spy shots available, it appears the new car will look nearly alike to the present one. The only distinct features that were redesigned include the exhaust and the rear-end stuff. Car pundits expect these tweak to be excellent for a 12-year-old design and even be an instant jaw-dropper if it will be at the 2018 New York auto show.
At the moment, this V10-inspired Audi R8 weighs about 3,600lbs, though if the V6 cuts at least a few hundred pounds, then it will be an excellent choice. Audi seemingly know that these slight adjustments will make V6 a definite winner.