Report: Audi Planning Light-Weight R8 With Dual-Clutch Gearbox


With a new V10 Spyder having just joined the Audi R8 lineup and a V8-powered drop-top reportedly in the works, Audi isn’t done expanding the R8 lineup just yet. According to a report by Car & Driver, Audi aims to follow after Lamborghini by introducing a “Superleggera” version of the R8.

Not only will the light-weight R8 take inspiration from the R8 LMS cars with carbon fiber components, but it is also likely to use a more powerful version of the 5.2-liter V10. Currently that motor produced 535-hp in the R8, however, Lamborghini recently unveiled a 570-hp version in the new Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera at the Geneva Auto Show. Better yet, C&D says we should expect that Audi will finally replace the 6-speed R-tronic auto-box with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. A six-speed manual is likely to continue as a standard item.

[Source: Car & Driver]