Speaking with Sweden’s Auto Motor & Sport, the insider revealed that the Nurburgring lap time for the new high-performance R8 will be “lower” than even the 7m 26s posted by the Corvette ZR1.
The differences between the V8-engined R8 and the V10-engined R8 extend beyond just horsepower outputs. The chassis has reportedly been modified to accommodate the extra power, expected to be fitted with larger brakes - possibly even carbon-ceramic units. Other differences will be larger air intakes and newly sculpted side blades.
Whether or not the new model will be called an RS is still undetermined. Other names that have been suggested include ‘R8-S’, similar to the sporty TT variants, or ‘R10’ to denote the new engine as well as allude to Audi’s diesel Le Mans racer.