With Lamborghini’s new Huracán out in the open, attention now turns to its Volkswagen Group platform-mate, the next-generation Audi R8. Expected to launch in 2015, the new R8 should weigh less than the current model, come exclusively with a dual-clutch transmission and, in the U.S. at least, be powered by revised versions of the current model’s naturally aspirated V-8 and V-10 engines. However, in certain markets we may see the car offered with a turbocharged engine displacing less than the 4.2 liters of the current model’s V-8.

Speaking with Autocar, Audi R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg said that sometime during its lifetime the new R8 “will need a turbocharged engine.” He explained that in certain markets you need to have smaller engines; typically those markets where registration taxes are linked to the size of the engine.

Although the new R8 will share its platform with the Huracán, just as the current R8 and Gallardo are twins under the skin, Hackenberg revealed that the new R8 will feature a longer wheelbase and a wider track than the Lambo. He said the suspension setup would also be unique.

During the same interview with Autocar, Hackenberg revealed that a decision on the R8 e-tron electric car would be made within weeks. He said that one of the main issues holding back the car, a lack of range, had been addressed.

"We’ve sorted out the range--now more than 450 kilometers (279 miles)--and improved all the running gear for efficiency."


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