Source From Audi Denies V6 R8 Rumors
Slideshow: All across the Internet, Audi fanatics have been talking about the possibility that Audi might launch a V6-powered R8 in the near future. And while there was no true source for this information, the story began to pick up steam to the point that automotive publications began talking about the story. But how true is it?
So, is Audi coming out with a V6-powered R8 model?
Rumors of a V6-powered Audi R8 have been spreading across the internet for a few months now. Why? Well, for one, it’s a pretty cool concept. Also, it would be a complete 180 on the company’s stance on this type of vehicle: Audi hasn't sold an entry-level R8 since the V8 version died in 2015. The rumor seemed to hold that the new 2.9-liter V6 used in the RS5 would find its way into the mid-engine performance car. Unfortunately, the story stops here: It's simply not going to happen.
But how do we know for sure that Audi is not coming out with a V6-powered R8?
When asked about the future of the R8, an Audi spokesperson told R&T unequivocally that "there is no V6 planned for the R8." So, that leaves the 540-hp R8 V10 as the bottom spec for Audi's mid-engine supercar.
When did this rumor event start?
Pouring through discussion feeds and forum threads, it appears as though rumors of a V6-powered R8 started in February 2015, a month before the second-generation R8's debut. Roland Schala, technical lead for the R8, told Top Gear "the V6 is a perfect engine for this kind of car. We have a lot of potential with the V6." One year later, a supposed Audi future product outline showed up on Autoblog (via AutoBahn.eu), seeming to indicate a V6-powered R8 would launch in 2018.
So what’s the future for the R8?
It does not look too bright, to be honest. Just recently, Audi R&D chief Peter Mertens said that the R8 sadly might not get a third generation at all. Mertens did note that the current R8 "has a long life" and recent spy photos seem to indicate that a facelifted version is on its way.
What will Audi be focusing on next?
The Audi Sport team certainly has its hands full, with more high-performance SUVs to come. Also, the division is planning to launch its first all-electric model, the e-Tron GT confirmed to arrive in 2020.
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