Audi is preparing to launch an entry-level R8 in 2018 and a new report is indicating it will be powered by a biturbo V6 engine. Citing "reliable sources," Car & Driver is reporting the model will feature a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine that is related to the 3.0-liter TFSI V6 that powers the Audi S4. Nothing is official but the magazine is reporting the engine will produce approximately 450 horsepower. The engine will be connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a quattro all-wheel drive system. Performance specifications remain unconfirmed but the model will reportedly have a top speed of roughly 190 miles per hour.

Audi is preparing to launch an entry-level R8 in 2018 and a new report is indicating it will be powered by a biturbo V6 engine.

Citing "reliable sources," Car & Driver is reporting the model will feature a 3.0-liter biturbo V6 engine that is related to the 3.0-liter TFSI V6 that powers the Audi S4.  Nothing is official but the magazine is reporting the engine will produce approximately 450 horsepower.  

The engine will be connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a quattro all-wheel-drive system.  Performance specifications remain unconfirmed but the model will reportedly have a top speed of roughly 190 miles per hour.

While previous reports suggested the entry-level R8 would feature a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, one insider told the magazine, “A five-cylinder engine in the R8 would have created a strange internal competition between the entry-level R8 and the TT RS."

The new engine will be offered alongside the current 5.2-liter V10 that has outputs of 540 hp and 398 pound-feet of torque as well as 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque.  The report goes on to say an even more powerful V10 variant is in the works but sadly there's no word on when it will arrive or how much power it will produce.

Source: Car & Driver

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Entry-level Audi R8 will reportedly have a biturbo 3.0-liter V6