2014 Audi R8 will shed 200 pounds and get a carbon-aluminum structure

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 18, 2011

It’s not a secret anymore that a new Audi R8 is set to make its debut in 2014 but what we didn’t know is that the second generation of the well-known supercar will lose 200 pounds. Apparently, Audi will rely on a smart mix of of aluminum and carbon fiber to build the structure of the car.

According to R&D boss Michael Dick, the German manufacturer wants to achieve the maximum weight reduction and rigidity. Although the new structure will be more expensive, the new materials will help Audi obtain an important weight reduction comparing it with a monocoque.

The weight reduction of the engine is still discussed but the new car could receive a V8 engine delivering over 500 hp, featuring two turbochargers and a cylinder deactivation function.

The answer could be the all-new 4.0 TFSI engine seen on the S6, S6 Avant, S7 Sportback and S8. This engine delivers between 309 kW (420 hp) and 382 kW (520 hp) and could have up to 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque. A hybrid version of the R8 is ruled out for the moment as the batteries will make the car very heavy!

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