The Audi R8 a.k.a. company’s halo car is about to be replaced by a much faster model, which will take on hypercars such as the McLaren P1, LaFerrari or the Porsche 918 Spyder. Dubbed the Audi R10, the new hypercar was reportedly green-lighted for production according to Swedish sources.
The latest reports indicate that the new Audi R10 will arrive with a powerful 6.0-liter V10 petrol engine. This V10 mill will be tuned to deliver up to 850 hp of max output. But if necessary the engine in the new Audi R10 will be combined with hybrid tech in order to generate up to 1,000 hp of motive power.
In addition, the engine in the new Audi R10 will also be fuel-efficient and will get cylinder deactivation tech, which will effectively transform it into a smaller V6 mill. When it comes to price, the Audi R10 is expected to cost the same as the Porsche 918 Spyder. Regarding the design, Audi’s upcoming R10 will be inspired by the R18 Le Mans race car, which means that its design will be noticed everywhere.
Production of the new Audi R10 will be limited but it is too early to talk about numbers. Currently, the Audi R8 is the only supercar found in the premium carmaker’s lineup and the most powerful version is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that generates 525 hp (386 kW) of max output and 530 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm.
The V10 engine in the most potent Audi R8 is bolted to a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission and power is delivered to the road via the permanent all-wheel drive Quattro system. The Audi R8 V10 has the capability to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds, while top speed is pegged at around 314 km/h or 195 mph.
During the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013, Wolfgang Durheimer, Audi’s R&D operations chief, remarked that the new Audi R10 was presently in the “product evaluation” stage of its development. Nonetheless, he dropped several hints that the R10 is likely to be approved for production. Durheimer noted the premium carmaker assesses the product through several factors such as market positioning, brand image, development cost and time to market.
Actually, the development of the R10 coupé took a long time, as it commenced during direction of Audi’s company’s former head of R&D, Michael Dick. However, due to lack of range, Audi stopped the plans before the scheduled production.