Is The V10 In The Lamborghini Huracan And Audi R8 Doomed?

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We also hope this one isn't true.

It's clear by now that the exact makeup of supercars is rapidly changing. Things like hybrid boosts and turbocharging are quickly replacing natural aspiration. Welcome to today's world of growing emissions regulations. So what about some of those NA holdouts, such as the V10-powered Lamborghini Huracan and Audi R8? A new report coming from Car and Driver claims that Audi technical chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, stated recently that both cars could one day receive a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged or supercharged engine, perhaps even both.

And there's a very specific reason why VW Group officials are strongly considering this: sales, specifically in China. That country's emissions laws are becoming more stringent and VW can't allow that to affect its bottom line. And the proof that both supercars could receive downsized engines: the Audi TT Clubsport Turbo concept. It features a turbocharged and supercharged 2.5-liter five banger with a solid 600 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. That engine setup "utilizes an electronically driven supercharger to boost bottom-end response," thus eliminating turbo lag. No time frame was mentioned as to when or if the Huracan and R8 could make the change, but don't be shocked if something comes from this.


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