New details are starting to emerge about the next-generation Audi R8. It could be launched in 2014 with a carbon fiber and aluminum monocoque that weighs just 198 kg (437 lbs).
New details are starting to emerge about the next-generation Audi R8, which is expected to be launched in 2014.
According to Autocar, the model is being developed alongside the Lamborghini Gallardo successor and has the AU724 codename. Both cars are expected to have an advanced carbon fiber and aluminum monocoque that weighs just 198 kg (437 lbs). This will reportedly enable the R8 to weigh 60 kg (132 lbs) less than the current model with a targeted curb weight of 1,500 kg (3,307 lbs).
Under the hood, engine options will carryover with minor modifications for improved performance and increased efficiency. These changes should enable the 4.2-liter V8 to produce approximately 450 hp (336 kW / 456 PS), while the 5.2-liter V10 churns out roughly 550 hp (410 kW / 558 PS). There's also word of a GT variant which could be launched in 2016 with 580 hp (432 kW / 588 PS).
In the meantime, the R8 facelift is expected to be unveiled at the Moscow Motor Show in August.