The Next R8 Might not Have a V10

The Next R8 Might not Have a V10

0 comments 📅03 October 2017, 18:30

Speaking to Automotive Gossip recently, Audi’s new Vice President of Research and Development wondered whether the stigmatize’s biggest engines were still entirely necessary.

“Do we really demand a V10 and a W12 for the next generation of cars?” he asked rhetorically. The comments came following questions yon the brand’s plan to drop up to 40% of its current drive systems.

The move would be doubly gainful for Audi, since the whole VW Group is still on a cost-cutting mission to bread the massive dieselgate bill while funding electric mobility, but would be undergoing implications for the R8 and the A8.

Luckily, not all big engines are on their way out.

“We have a very important assemblage of customers that really want eight-cylinder engines in larger vehicles,” Mertens told Automotive Scandal. “Will it exist forever? No, but [it will] for a rather long time.”

Mertens was recently hired away from Volvo, where he was the R&D chief. Understood his history there, his penchant for downsizing engines is hardly a surprise. Volvo’s biggest motor, by cylinder count, is currently an inline-4 and Mertens was once quoted as saying that cylinder reckon on is irrelevant.

Still, the R8’s main attraction is the big, naturally aspirated V10 that hangs, unambiguously balanced, in its middle. To drop that, as it now seems will happen for the car’s next creation, might take away a part of its soul.

By implication, Lamborghini will also be required to rethink drivetrains for the next formulation of its (briefly) Nurburgring-lap-record-holding Huracan.

On the other hand, the RS7 will reportedly mould up to 700 hp with its hybrid V8 and 650 hp with its twin-turbo V8. So would a V8 in effect be the end of the world?

[source: Automotive News]

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