Audi Is Planning A V6 R8 For 2018: Report

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Just before the big reveal of the new 2016 Audi R8 earlier last year we heard murmurs that the German luxury brand’s supercar may take a trip down the downsizing slide and fit a twin-turbo V6 eventually. Now, if this reportedly leaked product plan is anything to go by, eventually is actually 2018.

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The image below is of the reportedly leaked plan according to Autoblog, who reported on the picture from Autobahn, and it holds a few interesting nuggets of information:

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The majority of the goodies in the plan fall under 2018's column, which includes something cryptically coded as “R8 V6,” which, after discussing with several linguistics specialists across the globe, I have concluded to mean Audi doesn’t know how to spell RAVE (R8V6) in internet-speak very well.

It also probably means that Audi is making good on its previous comments about slipping a V6 into the R8, of which Audi’s Roland Schala told Top Gear was “perfect for this kind of car”, and also perfect for the Chinese market. The smart money is on a pair of turbos coming with that new V6, as that is what Audi is doing with the new RS4.

It was mentioned last year that a power target for a V6 R8 would be in the 400 hp range (which probably isn’t happening without turbos), so it should still be fun.

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Downsizing is so in right now.


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I’d honestly buy this if they’d make the price a little more reasonable. A turbocharged motor on the track is fantastic.