Confirming earlier rumors that the Audi R8 would get a new entry-level engine to slot beneath the headlining ten-cylinder, a leaked product plan poster reveals that a V-6 engine is on the docket for 2018. The image, according to Autobahn.eu, comes courtesy of an RS3 sedan customer present at an Audi North America owners’ event.
We had heard last July that Audi board member for development Ulrich Hackenberg expected the R8 to add a turbocharged engine for this model cycle, so at this point the twin-turbo V-6 bound for the Audi RS4 sedan is the most likely candidate. While many had also considered that Audi might end up picking the turbocharged five-cylinder from the RS3 sedan for its mid-engine halo car, that seems to be off the table now, despite the heritage appeal of that engine.
The 3.0-liter electrically turbocharged six-cylinder is expected to make 480 hp, compared to 540 hp for the base 5.2-liter V-10 and 610 hp for the V-10 Plus model.
Although the board is full of juicy details, none are too big of a surprise outside of the V-6-powered R8. Audi told AUTOMOBILE at the Detroit auto show that it had big plans to ramp up its RS performance portfolio, and that’s supported by this leaked poster. The Audi RS3 sedan is apparently due in August 2017, while the new RS5 coupe will come the following year. Also due in 2018 is a new Q8 SUV and updated A6, A7, A8, as well as the Q6 e-tron (marked as C-BEV). The document also confirms that the Audi R8 Spyder will arrive at some point in 2017.
It seems there’s lots to look forward to from Ingolstadt, as Audi is gearing up to beef up its product portfolio with lots of new sheetmetal and technology. Check back soon for more details, especially following the Audi’s announcements at the Geneva auto show.