Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracan Rumored to Get Turbo 5-Cylinder

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

An Audi R8 or Lamborghini Huracan with a five-cylinder engine? It could happen.

Recently, the Volkswagen Group unveiled the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo concept featuring such a 2.5-liter powerplant, boasting 600 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. And while it may seem sacrilegious to consider a five-cylinder engine in an exotic like the Huracan, Asian tax laws could force the automakers to use the technology in order for them to take advantage of the market in China. Both the Lamborghini Huracan and 2016 Audi R8 are powered by a 5.2-liter V10 naturally-aspirated engine, with neither offering an alternative powertrain.

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Until now, there was no viable engine setup that would offer the performance expected from an R8 or Huracan that would comply with Asian tax laws. But the turbocharged and supercharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder in the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo actually generates 60 hp more than the V10 found in the R8. By keeping the powerplant under 4.0 liters, the Volkswagen Group would fall into a lower tier on the annual consumption tax, which jumps from nine percent for a 2.0-liter engine to 40 percent for 4.0-liter engines and above. The scale is linear, so a 2.5-liter plant would save a noticeable sum of money on the R8 and Huracan in China.

The crazy thing? Audi and Lamborghini would probably have to detune the powerplant so that the five-cylinder didn’t offer more performance than the naturally-aspirated V10. It’s worth noting that Audi has not approved a development project to outfit the R8 with a smaller engine, although it has been talked about. Lamborghini President Stephan Winkelmann has acknowledged that a smaller, boosted engine would help in China.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on May 21, 2015

    a 5 cylinder Huracn or R8 would not sound too different from the V10. But it speaks volumes about the HP potential of the 2.5 5-banger. Imagine a 600HP TT-RS