Audi's new R8 will have a turbocharged engine that is intended to blow the driver away.
Audi is launching its new, second-generation R8 featuring a 5.2-liter V-10 engine — a big upgrade compared to the 4.2-liter V-8 offered before, and Audi executives say there will be a second engine on offer that will have turbocharged power.
Senior Audi officials say that turbocharged power is basically unavoidable for its sleek, powerful superstar model, and that it was inevitable they would be putting turbo power into the R8 at some point in its life cycle, according to a Motoring.com.au report.
The R8 will be competing in a market with other turbo-charged offerings, including the Mercedes AMG GT and GT S, the Porsche 911 Turbo, the Ferrari 488 GTB, and the McLaren 570 S and 650 S, to name a few that have twin-turbo capabilities.
Now, Audi is offering a turbocharge dR8 engine that will make the vehicle a real competitor to even the most top-end of the other vehicles.
The R8 is truly a toy for the super-rich. It is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car that uses the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It was first introduced by Audi AG back in 2006. It is designed and developed by Audi AG’s high performance private subsidiary, quattro GmbH, and it is largely based on the platform of its sister vehicle: the Lamborghini Gallardo.
Audi first unveiled the name of the Audi R8 race car back in 2005 that would be used for a new road car in 2007, basing it on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car that first appeared at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show as well as the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. Development of the R8 began in 2004, and it was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show in September of 2006.