2.9 TFSI V6 Rumored to Motivate Entry-Level Audi R8 Variant

Remember the 4.2-liter FSI V8 engine from Audi? Yeah, the 32-valve naturally aspirated powerplant that lurks under the hoods of the first-generation R8 and the B7 RS4 quattro. As it happens, the old-timer will be superseded by a 2.9-liter TFSI V6.
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It’s been a long time since Audi and Porsche have announced that they’re working on such a powerplant. And for what it’s worth, that powerplant can propel the 2017 Porsche Panamera 4S, which is a two tonne sedan, to 62 mph (100 km/h) is merely 4.4 seconds. Top speed? 180 mph (289 km/h).

In the near future, the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that replaced the 4.2-liter V8 freely aspirated will be shoehorned in the engine bay of an Audi everybody is waiting for: the B9 RS4 quattro. Also, the rumor mill suggests that the R8 will adopt this engine as well, thus giving birth to an entry-level supercar.

According to information gathered by Autocar from undisclosed sources, the six-cylinder engine is claimed to be good for 500+ horsepower and up to 500 lb-ft (678 Nm) of torque. That’s a lot, frankly, more so if you consider that the Panamera 4S version is rated 434 horsepower and 405 lb-ft (550 Nm) between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm. And if you think about it, it would slot nicely under the thumping great V10 we usually associate with the second-gen R8.

Still, this is the second time we hear that an entry-level R8 model could be added to the lineup. A year ago, another motoring magazine suggested that the R8 will gain a 2.5 TFSI with e-turbo technology, which is simply ridiculous. Even if markets like China demand it, six cylinders are always better than five, even though Audi’s trademark five-banger exhaust sound is to die for.

Regarding time, is is not known at the present moment when the Audi R8 with the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 will be making its debut. Considering that this subject is classified as a rumor, my suggestion is not to hold your breath.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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