quattro boss Heinz Hollerweger has shed some light about the reasons as to why the second generation Audi R8 won't get a V8 engine and a manual gearbox.

quattro boss Heinz Hollerweger has shed some light about the reasons as to why the second generation Audi R8 won't get a V8 engine and a manual gearbox.

Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Hollerweger said "we have no interest in a V8" mainly because the take rate for this version was low in the first generation as many customers preferred to opt for the larger V10, a situation which he admits has exceeded Audi's expectations.

For the same reason, there won't be a manual gearbox in the new R8 as in Europe for example, the demand for a manual R8 was almost inexistent. Hollerweger said the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox enables the supercar to be faster around the track and very few people have expressed their interested in a manual variant of the new generation.

The second-gen R8 won't be V10-only as Audi has also introduced a fully electric e-tron variant and there are also rumors about a new entry-level model equipped with a V6 engine while a TDI-powered derivative could happen as well but these will arrive at a later date if green-lighted for production.