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What We Know About the New Audi R8

For starters, say goodbye to the six-speed manual option.

In 2015, we’ll see the arrival of an all-new Audi R8. Like the current car, the next R8 will maintain the "daily supercar" character that has served it so well. And also like the existing R8, its replacement will also share a lot of its architecture and components with its Lamborghini cousin (the Huracan). According to Automobile magazine, the 2015 R8 will again be powered by a choice of V8 or V10 engines, only this time the V8 is new. The current 4.2-liter V8 will be swapped for a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 460 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 with 540 hp and 398 lb-ft will return. The V10-Plus will have 600 hp and 413 lb-ft, but it will only be offered as a coupe and not a spyder. The open top R8 will arrive in early 2016. What’s more, the R8 eTron is also due to go on sale at some point with a range of 300 miles. But perhaps the most intriguing new engine, set to arrive in 2017, is a diesel. Yes, there will be an R8 TDI with either a turbo V8 or V10 diesel. The six-speed manual transmission will no longer be offered in any new R8, as it’s being replaced in favor of the seven-speed dual-clutch.

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