2014 Audi R8 to feature carbon fiber / aluminum chassis - report

 2014 Audi R8 to feature carbon fiber / aluminum chassis - report
Audi R8 V8 Limited Edition 29.06.2011

Promises to be 100 kg (220 lbs) lighter

We're eagerly awaiting the R8 facelift, but new details are starting to emerge about the next-generation model which is slated to be launched in 2014.

In an interview with Automobilwoche, engineering boss Michael Dick said the redesigned sports car will be the lightest vehicle in its segment thanks to an advanced aluminum and carbon fiber platform. More specifically, he commented the model will weigh approximately 100 kg (220 lbs) less than the current R8.

Besides being lighter, torsional rigidity is expected to increase by 30% to 40,000 Nm (29,498 lb-ft) per degree. This is a remarkable figure which beats the numbers posted by the Lamborghini Aventador and Ferrari 458 Italia.

Little else is known about the vehicle, but it wouldn't be terribly surprising if it were equipped with the new twin-turbo V8 which recently debuted in the S6, S7 and S8.

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I'm just waiting to see if it gets a proper dual clutch gearbox. Its long overdue.
Oct 19, 2011 1:58 am
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from the Audi design team efforts, you will see again very 'safe' design and just mildly improved over existing designs. perhaps it will look like a e tron concept. CF chassis is nice. i am sure any repair costs will be stratospherical.
Oct 18, 2011 5:36 pm
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So it will be more expensive becauae of the carbon fiber.
Oct 18, 2011 12:19 pm
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Michael Dick? Really?
Oct 18, 2011 8:53 am
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Sort of makes a facelift unlikely as it would be around for just over a year before this new model comes. Lets see the Lambo version first.
Oct 18, 2011 3:56 am
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If it looks anything like the E-tron roadster it will be a winner.
Oct 18, 2011 2:49 am
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i hope they will still use a high rev NA engine for the base model.
Oct 18, 2011 1:45 am
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