Audi R8 to get turbocharged five-cylinder?

Audi R8 to get turbocharged five-cylinder?

Could the Audi R8 lineup gain an entry-level model powered by a turbocharged inline-five? Reports from Germany suggest it’s possible.

The UK’s Auto Express claims a rumor is going around Ingolstadt that says a hopped-up version of the Audi RS3‘s turbocharged five-cylinder will make its way under the hood of the new R8, slotting beneath the V10 (the only engine available at launch) and and the production version of the R8 e-tron (pictured).

It stands to reason that a five-cylinder model would be the lightest and thus most nimble R8, as the electric powertrain of the e-tron and the V10 of the range-topper would carry significantly more heft. Even if the engine isn’t re-tuned from the way it sits in the RS3, it would still produce more than 350 horsepower, giving the entry model power-to-weight ratios that would likely rival Porsche’s 911 Carrera 4 and 4S models.

The rumor also suggests that a hybrid version of that powertrain could appear, perhaps with electric motors powering the front axle of the mid-engined supercar.

Whether anything comes of this rumor remains to be seen, but it would be an excellent way for Audi to round out its semi-exotic sports car lineup.

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