Audi R8: no manual and turbo engines

The new Audi R8, due next year, will be auto only and use turbocharged engines in certain markets

The next-generation Audi R8 supercar, due on sale in 2015, won’t be offered with a manual gearbox, Audi’s development chief has revealed. Speaking with Auto Express at the Geneva show, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg also confirmed it will use a turbocharged engine in some markets that require it, and be longer and wider than its sister car the Lamborghini Huracan.

In place of the current car’s open-gait six-speed manual, the new R8 will feature a seven-speed twin-clutch DSG auto – a recalibrated version of the gearbox used in the new Lamborghini Huracan. The R8 will also share its hybrid chassis with the Huracan – cutting weight and improving stiffness by using a carbon fibre section for the rear bulkhead, sills and central transmission tunnel glued and riveted to an aluminium spaceframe.

Hackenberg confirmed that the new R8 will continue to be offered with both V8 and V10 engines – expected to be cleaner and more powerful developments of the current 4.2-litre V8 and 5.2-litre V10 - while turbocharged engines will be introduced in this lifecycle.

“In the future we will need turbocharged engines for the R8, to meet the needs of certain market around the world,” Hackenberg said. When asked about how many cylinders he hinted “there are some other numbers between four and eight cylinder.” That suggests a V6, possibly the 3.0 twin-turbo V6 already shown in the VW Golf Design Vision GTI concept with 496bhp.

Recommended

Geneva Motor Show to launch Qatar exhibition in 2022
Geneva Motor Show
News

Geneva Motor Show to launch Qatar exhibition in 2022

Geneva Motor Show heads to the middle east with a spin-off event planned in Doha every two years from 2022 or 2023
25 Aug 2021
Best used sports cars 2021
Best used sports cars - header
Best cars & vans

Best used sports cars 2021

Our top used sports cars for those looking for a fun but usable second-hand car
18 Aug 2021
New Koenigsegg Gemera is a four-seat, 1,700bhp, £1.4m hypercar
Koenigsegg Gemera
Koenigsegg Gemera

New Koenigsegg Gemera is a four-seat, 1,700bhp, £1.4m hypercar

The limited-edition Koenigsegg Gemera is a rival for the McLaren GT, but with almost three times as much power
17 Aug 2021
Geneva Motor Show rescheduled for 2022
Geneva
Geneva Motor Show

Geneva Motor Show rescheduled for 2022

The GIMS organisers have announced the event will return next year, after this year’s show was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic
28 May 2021

Most Popular

Exclusive: banned 71-reg number plates released
Number plates
News

Exclusive: banned 71-reg number plates released

Latest DVLA list of banned UK registrations reveals which 71-plates are too rude for the road
21 Sep 2021
£6k Citroen Ami electric city car gets green light for the UK
Citroen Ami UK - front static
Citroen

£6k Citroen Ami electric city car gets green light for the UK

The Ami is coming to the UK with a price tag of around £6,000, making it one of the cheapest ways to get a new car today
22 Sep 2021
New MG HS plug-in hybrid 2021 review
MG HS PHEV - front
MG HS SUV

New MG HS plug-in hybrid 2021 review

We find out where the new MG HS PHEV fits in the highly competitive plug-in hybrid SUV sector
21 Sep 2021