The 2018 Audi R8 was quite a revelation when it was first launched; people were used to supercars being a handful, that needed driving with some skill, to be shown who was boss. The Audi however, brought together the blend of sensible Audi engineering and good power – you didn’t need to be Sebastian Vettel to drive it.
Originally with a V8, Audi soon learnt that it needed a little more go, so the next generation had the V10 fitted. Now though, current thinking says that smaller is better.
Despite having enormous success in endurance racing with diesel power, Audi have ruled out any diesel option, citing that a diesel would be too heavy and wouldn’t fit with the ethos of the R8.
2018 Audi R8 Release date
Thanks to a leaked production schedule from Audi, we know that the new 2018 Audi R8 will be available in 2018, we think around the mid part.
2018 Audi R8 release date: mid-2018
2018 Audi R8 Price
If the information is correct, and Audi are going ahead with the V6, we expect to see the R8 price drop by quite a margin, expect prices to start around $125,000.
2018 Audi R8 Redesign and changes
We don’t actually know much from official sources, most of the information is speculation, but let’s start with the biggest bit of news; the new R8 will be fitted with a V6 engine!
We know that Audi have been looking at V6 power for some time, even last year Audi had said that a V6 would be a great powerplant for a sportscar – small, lightweight, high-revving and still fairly powerful.
2018 Audi R8 video
2018 Audi R8 Specs
The R8 should get the motor that is destined for the new RS4; 3.0 liter, twin turbo V6, producing in excess of 400 BHP, some say it will be closer to 500 BHP though. It will also utilize the electric air compressor anti-lag system that is in current use with the SQ7.
What we don’t know is whether that will be the only option, or whether Audi will also have a large V10 engine as the flagship model – it’s difficult to see that a forced induction V6 will be the only option available.
Whatever the powerplant, power will be sent to all four wheels (with a rear bias) via a 7-speed dual clutch auto transmission.
As for the rest of the car, we think it will be pretty similar to existing models, although given that a lot of the current design is based around the need for cooling the big V10, we think that the cooling vents and intakes will be reduced, either in number or size; the V6 just won’t need them.
2018 Audi R8 images