From what we know, the second generation of Ingolstadt’s flagship supercar will hit Indian dealerships in the beginning of 2016 and now we are hearing that later during the model’s life cycle there will be a turbocharged variant. Initially, the India-spec R8 will be offered exclusively with the 5.2-liter V10 naturally aspirated engine pushing out 540 bhp in the standard R8 V10 and a mighty 610 bhp in the range-topping R8 V10 Plus. It’s unlikely the fully electric R8 e-tron will be available in our country as there wouldn’t be a market big enough to justify brining this version to India.
Getting back to the turbocharged R8 at hand, the important announcement was made by none other than Audi Technical Development chief Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg who said that a turbo motor will eventually be offered on the R8. Moreover, quattro GmbH Managing Director Heinz Peter Hollerweger mentioned a turbo motor is indeed in the works and will act as a replacement for the V8 4.2-liter normally aspirated unit of the first generation R8.
In other words, this turbocharged R8 will serve as the model’s entry-level variant, but Audi’s officials haven’t specified exactly the sort of engine we should expect to see in their latest and greatest supercar. However, word on the street points to two distinct possibilities: either a newly developed V6 twin-turbocharged or an upgraded specification Audi’s iconic 5-cylinder, 2.5-liter.
Taking into account that Audi started European deliveries of the second generation R8 recently, we will probably have to wait until 2017 or so to see this turbocharged version which might upset purists who have always envisioned the supercar with a normally aspirated engine. Implementing turbocharging shouldn’t come as a surprise as not only it increases the output of an engine, but also enables the car to consume less fuel and have fewer CO2 emissions. Even Ferrari has embraced turbocharging and other high-end automakers plan on doing the same.