For all their glory, the smoothness they’re known for, the melodious noises they make, the low-end torque they produce, modern V8 engines are fading away faster than childhood memories of fat camp. But in spite of this unfortunate disappearing act one engine is apparently here to stay.
Audi’s oh-so-sweet 4.2-liter two-by-four has been delighting drivers in one form or another for decades. It’s just as enjoyable under the hood of an A6 sedan as it is in the engine bay of the company’s R8 supercar.
But rumor has it this powerplant is not getting euthanized in the name of fuel efficiency. It’s said the next-generation R8, which is expected to be released next year, will keep the brand’s famous V8. Supposedly the engine will be tuned to deliver slightly more power than the unit in today’s car, which delivers 430 hp and 317 lb-ft of twist.
Audi engineers considered forced induction but packaging issues with a mid-engine vehicle architecture put the kibosh on that plan, as did performance concerns. Sure, a turbocharged powerplant can deliver a real wallop but you can’t beat the throttle response or sound track or a thoroughbred, naturally aspirated V8. Period. Do not pass go, do not collect gas money.
[Source: Car and Driver]
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