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Report – 2014 Audi R8 will be more powerful and lighter

2011 Audi R8 GT

The next generation of the Audi R8 won’t be out until 2014 but it seems that details about the car are already emerging. Autocar believes that the new model is codenamed AU724 and it’s being developed alongside with the replacement for the Lamborghini Gallardo. Both cars will probably feature an advanced carbon fiber and aluminum monocoque that has a curb weight of 437 lbs (198 kg).

The 2014 Audi R8 will be 132 lbs (60 kg) less heavy than the current model and it will weigh somewhere around 3,307 lbs (1,500 kg). It will feature just about the same engine options but these will suffer some modifications which will make them more efficient and powerful. Rumors say that the 4.2-liter V8 will be capable of generating about 450 hp (456 PS / 336 kW) while the more powerful 5.2-liter V10 will churn 550 hp (558 PS / 410 kW). Also in the works is a GT version of the R8 that will develop 580 hp (588 PS / 432 kW) but this won’t come out until 2016.

The Ingolstadt-based automaker will probably bring to this year’s edition of the Moscow Motor Show the facelift for the R8. The event is scheduled in August.

Source: Autocar.co.uk

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