It is now official that the entry level model of the second generation Audi R8, the performance-oriented car will now get power from the same 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine that was recently introduced by the Porsche in the 2017 Panamera. The same engine will also be used in the other performance cars by Audi in future including the upcoming RS4, RS5 and RS Q5.
This new engine was developed in the joint initiative undertaken by Audi and Porsche as the part of introducing a new modular engine family which has been named ‘KoVoMo’.
This new engine will replace the 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 drivetrain which thrusts the first generation Audi R8 with the power of 414 horses. But after acknowledging its volitation to the emission norms in different global markets, particularly in China, the company was forced to replace it.
Despite being more efficient than the naturally aspirated V8, the twin-turbo V6 is also more powerful. In Panamera 4S, it churns out the maximum power of 434 hp at 5,650 rpm while the peak torque of 549.10 Nm comes out between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm.
On Audi R8, this new engine is being expected to be fitted with the same powertrain but the redefined state of tune. It can pump out over 500 hp of power and 678 Nm of torque, after increasing the boost pressure. Moreover, Audi has also confirmed to offer a host of engine options for different power and torque outputs depending on the car specs.
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