Audi is currently working on a facelift for the R8 sports car, and it appears a V6 engine is in store for it.
Amid rumors that a next-generation Audi R8 currently isn’t on the table, the German automaker is adding a cheaper variant to the lineup as part of its upcoming refresh. Powered by the same 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine found in the Porsche Panamera, Audi RS4, and Audi RS5 models, Autocar reports the engine will be offered with more than one power output. In the Panamera, it produces 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, but should produce over 500 hp and 500 lb-ft in the R8.
The six-cylinder mill is a 90-degree engine developed by a joint venture by Audi and Porsche, as part of a new modular engine family. The current-generation Audi R8 hasn’t been offered with a V8, due to what Audi says is a combination of the highest costs of updating it to meet future emissions regulations. There’s also concerns in other international markets, such as China, where road tax is correlated to engine capacity.
Audi has been trying to make the R8 more appealing in the market, most recently with the addition of the RWS rear-wheel-drive model. It’s unclear whether the R8 V6 will offer an entry-level, rear-wheel-drive variant, which would make it even cheaper.
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