An alleged product roadmap for Audi has surfaced and possibly reveals some of the automaker’s major product launches for calendar years 2017 and 2018. Importantly the roadmap, posted on the website Autobahn.eu, is thought to be for launches in the United States. Most of the vehicles are already known though there are also some interesting revelations, including that of a new R8 V6.
With its second-generation R8, Audi launched the car with a V-10 engine as the standard option and will offer a battery-powered R8 e-tron as an alternative in some markets. This is in contrast to the original R8 which launched with a V-8 engine that was later augmented by a V-10.
Former Audi R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg hinted that a downsized engine with turbocharging may be offered in the new R8 to help circumvent harsh tax penalties imposed on high-displacement engines in certain markets, namely China. It now appears that the proposed engine will be a V-6 and not a five-cylinder as previously speculated.
2017 Audi R8
The likely engine is a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 tipped to debut in a new RS 4. This engine is expected to appear in other models from the Audi Sport performance division including a new RS 5. According to the alleged roadmap, the new RS 5 and R8 V6 will both arrive sometime in 2018. Other models said to be arriving in 2018 are next-generation versions of the A6, A7 and A8, as well as a new Q8 full-size SUV and possibly an electric compact to rival the BMW i3, as indicated by the "C-BEV".
Next year also looks to be a busy one for the brand with the four rings. Once again looking at the alleged roadmap, we should see the next-generation A5, S5, Q5, R8 Spyder and TT RS all in the first half of 2017. And in the second half of the year should be new models like the SQ7, RS 3 sedan, and the previously revealed Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid.
What’s odd is that there is no mention of the Q6 e-tron that Audi has confirmed for 2018, though perhaps that could be what the “C-BEV” stands for.