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The Audi R8 Will Bow Out With A V10, No V6 Or Other Engines Inbound

The R8's project manager has confirmed that the updated version of the R8 will only ever have a V10 engine

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The question of what might replace the old 4.2-litre V8-powered R8 has been pondered ever since the second-generation version of Audi’s supercar was revealed in 2015. Now, we have our answer: nothing. It’ll be powered by a V10, and a V10 only.

Rumours of an R8 powered by the Audi/Porsche developed 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that’s currently powering cars like the RS4 and Panamera have been doing the rounds for years, with a leaked production schedule suggesting one would appear in 2019. Speculation increased again when a facelifted model was spotted in testing, purported by some outlets to be powered by a six-cylinder engine.

The updated R8 then landed a few weeks ago, with a conspicuous lack of V6. When talking to the R8’s project manager Bjorn Friedrich at the launch of the car this week, he confirmed that a V6 won’t be happening during this generation of R8 at all, and a V10 will remain its sole powertrain. “It’s the best engine for the car…We’ll stick to the V10,” he concluded.

Audi - The Audi R8 Will Bow Out With A V10, No V6 Or Other Engines Inbound - News

With Audi seemingly not planning any R8s beyond this generation, it seems the R8 as a whole will fittingly bow out with its much-celebrated big N/A engine, with the name perhaps being revived in the future for an all-electric supercar in a similar vein to the PB18 concept.

Friedrich refused say if another rear-wheel drive ‘RWS’ will happen, but he also wouldn’t rule it out. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.