Audi has been hinting over the past few weeks that they would be taking the 4.2-liter V-8, the 450-hp out of the next R8, which worried a lot of people. However, a few days ago, Audi made it clear that this was not the case and they had a few reasons behind this.
The next generation R8 will keep the V-8 in its current form and is due out next year around the same date as its counterpart the Lamborghini Huracan. The new R8 will be tuned to deliver slightly more power than the 430-hp version in the 2014 model. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 is too difficult to properly cool in a mid-engine configuration. Plus, no matter how fast the turbines spin, they would slow the R8’s throttle response and muffle the exhaust too much, both of which go against the R8’s mission as a top-tier exotic car. Corporate also felt that they wanted to keep the base R8 comfortably below the V-10 model as well. They don’t want the R8 to look weak compared to the Huracan, but they need the V-10 model to be slightly less intimidating than the new Lamborghini. Audi found a great middle with the slightly improved yet mostly unchanged V-8 engine in the newR8.