According to a new report coming from UK, the base Audi R8 set to arrive in the years to come will get the 5-cylinder 2.5-liter engine benefiting from an electrically-driven turbocharger.
We know for sure the second generation R8 won’t be offered with the naturally aspirated V8 4.2-liter FSI of the first generation as Audi has previously announced the supercar will get a downsized turbocharged motor for the base version. The identity of the engine is not known at this point, and while a previous report stated it will be an upgraded iteration of the 3.0-liter V6 turbo inside the 2016 S4, now we are hearing the entry-level R8 will actually use the reputable 2.5-liter 5-cylinder from the RS3 Sportback, but in this new application it will allegedly get a e-turbo system.
While the newly developed TFSI V6 powering the latest S4/S4 Avant packs 354 PS (260 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque, it will develop a lot more in the R8 taking into account the electrically-driven turbocharger will boost output and at the same time will diminish the dreaded turbo lag while maintaining a reasonable fuel consumption.
Audi’s head of development for V6, V8 and V10 engines, Jurgen Konigstedt, said a while back the turbocharged R8 won’t arrive in the near future, which means we won’t see it before 2017, at the earliest. Until then, Audi will launch next year the R8 Spyder which just like the coupe will have a V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engine developing 540 PS (397 kW) in the standard configuration and 610 PS (449 kW) in “Plus” guise.