Audi is readying the next-generation of its flagship sports car, a German machine that is becoming just a bit more Italian.
That’s because the next R8 will share its chassis with the newly developed Lamborghini Huracan. Called the Alu-CFK Hybrid Chassis, it combines aluminium and carbon fiber to shed weight and add rigidity, likely resulting in the new R8 being between 100 and 200 pounds lighter than the current car.
Not everything will be the same between these two cars however, as the the R8 is expected to be longer and wider than its Italian counterpart.
A new turbocharged V8 engine for the base model is expected to be introduced, likely to be a version of the twin-turbo V8 found in the RS7. At the top of the range, the all-new 5.2-liter V10 fitted to the Huracan will give life to the R8, providing around 600 hp.
All-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission will live on in the next generation R8, but the fate of the six-speed manual is in question.
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