Posted by Anthony CarboneMarch 28, 2008 at 10:34 am
Audi has halted R8 development of the higher-powered twin-turbo Lambo V10 from the RS6; there have been fires in prototype development and other options – namely a naturally aspirated V10 – are now most likely. This year’s Audi’s R8 V12 diesel concept car points to the likelihood of a diesel sports car, powered by the 6.0-litre twelve delivering a traction-troubling 493bhp and 738lb ft. Sounds rediculouso, but Audi is dead serious about putting this into production.
A diesel Audi sports car that can reach 62mph in 4.2 seconds and top 180mph? Who’d have thought it! But in this marketing-led age, it makes perfect sense: the perfect complement to Audi’s racetrack activities and a sop to the eco-brigade (of sorts). It’s not going to challenge your A3 TDI for emissions, but the R8 derv concept did have AdBlue technology to clean up its emissions.
Audi R8: the future
The aluminium sports car has been a smash hit for Audi. There’s still a waiting list of at least 12 months in the UK and even the cheapest second-hand versions are selling at above list price; you can’t buy a used R8 for less than £80,000 (and that’s a left-hooker) while the priciest in the classifieds top £105,000 when we looked yesterday.
Audi hopes to keep the buzz going by gently expanding the range to have three engine options:
· R8: 414bhp naturally aspirated V8
· RS8: 500bhp naturally aspirated V10
· R8 TDI: 500bhp twin-turbo V12 turbodiesel
And two bodystyles:
· R8 Coupe from £78,200
· R8 Spyder from £85,000
An R8 for every pocket, you could say.
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