2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine Audi R8 will have 450 bhp
British car magazine is reporting Audi’s already confirmed turbocharged Audi R8 will get a V6 2.9-liter motor.
You probably have heard Audi won’t bring the vastly popular naturally aspirated V8 4.2-liter engine back for the second-gen Audi R8 because they plan to replace it with a turbocharged engine.
It seems the engine in question will have a 2.9-liter displacement according to CAR and they specify it will actually have two turbos to help generate a total output of around 450 bhp which would make it significantly more powerful than the original 414 bhp R8 V8.
It won’t be out anytime soon as Audi recently said it’s not the right time to launch a turbocharged Audi R8 so it will probably be introduced in a few years. This switch to turbocharging shouldn’t come as a big surprise as many other high-end car manufacturers are doing the same in order to meet more strict fuel consumption and CO2 emissions regulations and also as a move to boost deliveries in China where the massive taxes for big-engined vehicles has affected sales.
As a final note, the next generations of the Audi S4 and Audi RS4 are bound to receive a turbocharged V6 engine and chances are the Audi R8’s unit will have a lot in common with those two vehicles .