V6-powered Audi R8 axed?by Ronan Glon
The often-rumored entry-level model won\'t see the light of day, according to a recent report.
We've heard rumors of an entry-level, V6-powered R8 since the second generation of Audi's mid-engined sports car made its debut. The model won't see the light of day after all, according to a recent report.
"There is no V8 planned for the R8," an anonymous source inside the German car-maker told Road & Track.
The rumors indicated the R8 would receive an evolution of the twin-turbocharged, 2.9-liter V6 found in the latest RS 5. It makes 450 horsepower in the RS 5, but some sources speculated Audi would bump its output up to 500 horses for use in the R8.
The report comes shortly after Audi all but admitted the R8's future looks dim. Research and development boss Peter Mertens said the model most likely won't spawn a direct successor, though he quickly added "never say never."
Audi hasn't officially confirmed the rumor so we're taking it with a grain of salt. What's seemingly certain is that the R8 will receive a mid-cycle face-lift before the end of the year. We'll learn more about what the future holds -- or doesn't hold -- for the V6-powered model when the updated car makes its debut.
Note: Audi R8 V10 RWS pictured. Photos by Ronan Glon.