Audi's 4.2-Liter V-8 Will Live On in the Next R8

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Long live the scream.

After last week’s regrettable confirmation that Audi’s nextRS4 would come with a V-6 model rather than the current generation’s beastly4.2-liter V-8, we’re happy to announce that the 450 horsepower animal willcontinue to breathe life into the next generation Audi R8. According to Car andDriver, sources within the company promise that the next R8, which will shareits platform with the Lamborghini Huracan, will receive an updated version ofthe 4.2, tuned to deliver even more power.

As such, the base R8 will be naturally-aspirated and forgothe dulling throttle responses and exhaust-muffling of a smaller, turbochargedengine. Meanwhile, the upgrade 5.2-liter V10 engine from the currentgeneration will continue on in the next R8 - this time with additional powertweaks. As the source told C&D, fuel economy and lower emissions areimportant for the company’s daily-driver models like the RS4. But in the R8,they continue to expect hell-bent performance uber alles.

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