Australian media is reporting the second generation Audi R8 will not be offered with the familiar 4.2-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine.

Australian media is reporting the second generation Audi R8 will not be offered with the familiar 4.2-liter V8 naturally aspirated engine.

According to Motoring, sources close to Audi have announced the 4.2 V8 engine will not be offered on the highly anticipated supercar. It will initially be available with the V10 5.2 upgraded from the R8 LMX’s 570 HP (419 kW) to somewhere in the region of 578 HP (425 kW).

There were some talks about a plug-in hybrid version with the aforementioned 4.2-liter V8 engine teamed up with an electric motor but apparently the eight-cylinder will be replaced by a V6 or even a four-cylinder motor likely with turbocharging assistance. It will be a while until this R8 derivative will hit dealerships as the report says it's at least three years away.

The same Audi sources are hinting a turbodiesel-powered version of the Lamborghini Huracan-based R8 could come out later on during the model's lifespan. This really shouldn't come as a big surprise as the outgoing model was almost offered with a V12 TDI which eventually ended up in the first-gen Q7.

We remind you Audi board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg has already confirmed a fully electric version will be shown alongside the conventional-powered R8 next month at the Geneva Motor Show.

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