We’re only a few weeks away from the reveal of the all-new Audi R8. We just saw what appears to be a leaked image of the production version, but Audi, obviously, hasn’t confirmed this. No matter, we’ll know what the new R8 will look like soon enough. Today, though, we’re learning that the V8 engine from the outgoing R8 won’t be returning. The 4.2-liter V8 has been retired. The R8 that’ll premiere in Geneva will once again be powered by the 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 – the very same one found in its Lamborghini Huracan cousin.
Other details about what’s in store for the next gen R8 are also becoming known. At some point during its life, a plug-in hybrid variant will launch and the possibility of a full-on electric version hasn’t been ruled out either. Audi sources also refuse to rule out the chance of a turbo-diesel R8. For now, the Audi R8 that we’ll see in Geneva will for sure have a V10, and we couldn’t be any happier with that decision. More details to come.