No trendy forced induction here.
The trend towards replacing bigger naturally aspirated engines with smaller ones using forced induction has become industry wide. Performance models have been seeing the same treatment, and one might think that the R8 would be a prime target for just such a change. After all, the 5.2-liter V10 and 4.2-liter V8 are practically ancient in modern engine terms, and the new 4.0-liter twin-turbo twin-turbo V8 developed by VW Group has been finding its way into nearly everything of late.
But word has it that Audi won't be changing the engine options for the R8 in its next incarnation, which will debut for the 2015 model year. Instead, the new car will be shedding some serious pounds, a move which ought to improve both performance and fuel economy. The current car weighs between 3,583 lbs and 3,957 lbs, and Audi is aiming to get that below 3,000 lbs for the next model. Even if that number is just for the lower end of the weight, it represents some serious savings. We're eager to see how this will affect performance.