Secret V6 engine plans revealed for Audi R8

Audi R8

AUDI is readying an entry-level V6-powered version of its second-generation R8 supercar to compete with the Porsche 911 Carrera S and Mercedes-AMG GT S.

To be priced below $300,000, the turbocharged V6 version of the Lamborghini-derived R8 will replace the V8 as the most affordable model in the supercar family.

The V6 – which will sit below the Lamborghini V10 in the Audi R8 family – is believed to be a new generation engine developed in conjunction with Porsche and destined for various Audi RS models, including the upcoming RS4.

“It’s still a secret, but we will bring another engine,” said Stevan Holischka, who is in charge of product marketing for the R8. “We are planning another engine.”

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It’s expected to outpunch the outgoing 316kW 4.2-litre atmo V8 for power while comfortably beating its 430Nm of torque.

The new engine – codenamed KoVoMo – will likely be used in unique tunes in upcoming Porsche models including Macan, Panamera and Cayenne.

It’s understood Audi considered an amped-up five-cylinder turbo for performance duties.

However insiders have told Wheels the V6 is the preferred option and is currently undergoing final development.

And the head of V-engine development for Audi, Juergen Konigstedt, gave a strong clue the R8 will move to V6 propulsion over a turbo five.

“From a design point of view a V would be nicer” he told Wheels.

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