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Even The New R8 Can't Get Away From Turbocharging

Will all supercars become turbocharged?

The new, second-generation Audi R8 has received glowing reviews from just about everyone. Like the previous iteration of the R8, the new one is being launched with a 5.2-liter V10, while the former 4.2-liter V8 is no longer being offered on the vehicle. We now have an idea of what the second engine in the R8 will be. According to Motoring, two senior Audi executives have stated that the R8 will gain a turbocharger in its current life cycle.

Ulrich Hackenber, Audi’s board member for development, and Quattro boss Heinz Peter Hollerweger pointed towards the R8’s lack of torque as a need for a turbocharger. The executives may have a point. In its most potent form, the R8 V10 Plus generates 610 hp and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. The R8’s rivals, such as the Mercedes-AMG GT S (479 lb.-ft. of torque), Porsche 911 Turbo (487 lb.-ft. of torque) and McLaren 570S (443 lb.-ft. of torque), make much more torque. Audi has not stated what kind of turbocharged engine will be put into the R8, but there are two possibilities.

One is a turbocharged V6 that will also be found in the upcoming RS4, which will produce more than 420 hp. The second option is a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found in the TT Clubsport Turbo concept. The more interesting 2.5-liter engine is turbochaged and features an electrically driven supercharger for 600 hp and 479 lb.-ft. of torque, which is more than enough to hang with other turbocharged supercars. With automakers heading towards turbocharged engines in supercars, this may be the last time an R8 is fitted with a naturally aspirated V10. Which engine would you rather see in the new R8?

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