It could be sooner than you think.
Yes, eco-friendly cars are changing the game but unfortunately the world is still a polluted place thanks partially to the awesome automobiles we all love. What that means is that supercars like the Audi R8 can't exclusively be offered with a V10 engine anymore, or even a V8. While there's no official word on what type of engine the base R8 will have, rumors are pointing towards some sort of V6 to slot alongside its existing 5.2-liter V10. If Audi plans to use that engine, why wouldn't they put it into the Lamborghini Huracan as well?
As of right now, Lamborghini is one of the few automakers out there that just refuses to change its ways. Despite emissions and fuel economy regulations, the exotic automaker still clings onto its naturally aspirated V10 and V12 engines like a child clings onto its mother's hand. Sometimes, you just need to let go, but it doesn't look like Lamborghini will. That is, until the automaker has no other choice. But before Lamborghini gets to that point, I'm sure the company will look outwards for inspiration. Ferrari, for example, added a pair of turbochargers to its 488 GTB, while Porsche decided to turbocharge its entire 911 lineup. So what type of engine would Lamborghini go for? What about the rumored V6 engine from the R8?
The R8 V10 Plus and the Huracan are basically identical. Besides sharing the same 5.2-liter V10, the Audi and the Lamborghini are closely related in many other ways. Yes, one weighs more and the other is a bit more powerful, but the supercars are still strikingly similar. This type of sharing between Audi's flagship model and Lamborghini's baby supercar ranges back to when the first R8 existed alongside the Gallardo and I believe that it will continue well into both vehicles' lifespan. Let's face it, Lamborghini isn't the ferocious supercar automaker that it once was, but it still has some tricks up its sleeve.
Instead of messing with its iconic V12 engine, Lamborghini will most likely find a method to make its V10 more fuel-efficient, like cylinder deactivation. But why waste money when the parent company is already exploring downsized engines? With Audi stuffing some sort of V6 into the R8, Lamborghini can see what kind of performance it has, what sales are like and how it stacks up against the competition. Since both supercars share everything, Lamborghini would most likely place the same engine into the Huracan as an entry-level model. If you've been wondering what type of engine Lamborghini will use to fight emissions and power its supercar, it will most likely come from Audi's parts bin. That wouldn't be such a bad thing.