Audi is  planning to release a brand new R8. According to reports the standard coupe shape will be released by 2014 with the roadster being released in 2015 here in the UK.

When launched the Audi R8 will be in its second generation. It has been a tremendous success and is now ranked alongside supercars such as Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s. Expect the new R8 to be better than ever. New technology is being developed to help improve the car’s overall mechanical structure, aerodynamics, equipment, speed and more.

Two variants

Work is already underway over in Audi’s headquarters on the city of Ingolstadt. Two variants will be released. One consisting of a 4.2 V8 engine and the other consisting of a 5.2 litre V10 engine. The engine themselves are versions of what is within the current models, they are not newly developed. However they will be modified and improved with more advanced technology.

The powerful 5.2 litre V10 variant will be able to develop 550 BHP. This will return a generous 25.7 MPG. The seven speed dual clutch gearbox is perfectly matched to the engine.

Limited edition Audi GT

The limited Audi GT will have a further updated version built. This version will be able to produce 580 BHP from the 5.2 litre V10 engine built within. The model’s lightweight body will greatly assist in helping to enhance the performance and economy. This will rival the likes of the Ferrari 458 Scideria, the new Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and the Porsche 911 GT3. The model will not be released until 2016 however.

The design of the car is also set for a major revamp. It’s not just the mechanical structure that is set for enhancement. Audi will give a sneak preview of what is to come with the design of the all electric E-Tron. This will have a deal in common when comparing the Audi R8 coupe and the Audi R8 roadster. Some sources have said that there will be a clean sheet for the design of the car. Many elements may not be kept.

Weight reduction

Weight reduction is a major issue on the new Audi R8. At present the weight of the model is below 1,500 kg. Expect the new model to be less than that.

There is expected to be an aluminium base to the car, helping to keep the weight down. The car’s layout and four wheel drive system is expected to be kept.