The designing of new Audi R8 which is going to be launched next year is under progress. It is the sister car to the new Lamborghini Huracán, which made its motor show debut in Geneva recently.
Although this test mule is wearing heavy camouflage, new details including different front air intakes with a smaller front grille shape can be seen, alongside new headlight clusters. The rear profile of the R8 appears wider than the current model, with new exhausts and a large diffuser.
It has been confirmed from the Audi bosses that the new R8 will be having the same general layout as that of Lamborghini, but will include wider tracks and a longer wheelbase. Like most of the other cars of present day the components of R8 will be made from aluminium, to save weight. Like the Huracán, the new R8 will get an innovative new rear firewall and central tunnel made from a single carbon-fiber moulding, which weighs as little as 50kg.
Power for the new car will come in the form of carried over V8 and V10 engines, with the latter power plant closely related to the 5.2-litre unit found in the Huracán. Like the new Lamborghini, the R8 will be available in all-wheel drive only and will be offered with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox.
Ulrich Hackengerg, technical boss, Audi, hints that the second generation supercar has different suspension layout and geometry. Thus it can be handled in a better way and one can tune to different characteristics.
Hackenberg has admitted the R8 “will need a turbocharged engine” at some point, saying “In some countries, you need to reduce the capacity of engines also and we need to find solutions for those markets. So we’re looking at smaller engines, yes”