Audi exec denies plans for turbo R8

Sometimes smoke doesn’t lead to fire. Rumors indicated Audi might drop a turbocharged engine into the latest R8, but now a top executive is throwing a bucket of cold water onto the burning speculation.

“The performance potential of this current engine means we don’t need to even look at turbocharging at this point,” Jürgen Königstedt, Audi development boss for V6, V8, and V10 engines, said to CarAdvice. He also said sticking with natural aspiration offered a better sound and sharper throttle response than going with forced induction. “There is less emotion with a turbocharged engine,” he said.

Königstedt admitted there was a serious discussion about turbocharging the R8. The argument just didn’t win out. “If we feel that people absolutely want a turbocharged engine, then we will have to consider it,” he said to CarAdvice. Audi just launched a new generation of the supercar.

The 2017 R8’s 5.2-liter V10 will be available in two tunes: with 540 horsepower in the standard coupe or 610 hp in the Plus. Rumors have persisted about a smaller, forced induction powerplant at the bottom of the range. Some reports suggested a twin-turbo V6 behind the driver, but others said the electrically supercharged 2.5-liter inline five was a candidate. The reason for the entry-level addition was tied to lowering the taxes on the R8 in markets like China.

Audi exec denies plans for turbo R8

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