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

Audi R8 V8 Limited Edition 29.06.2011
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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siranto siranto
I'm just waiting to see if it gets a proper dual clutch gearbox. Its long overdue.
Oct 19th, 2011 8:58am
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M! M!
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 19th, 2011 12:36am
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GRAVE GRAVE
So it will be more expensive becauae of the carbon fiber.
Oct 18th, 2011 7:19pm
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D12NAB D12NAB
Michael Dick? Really?
Oct 18th, 2011 3:53pm
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Microice Microice
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 18th, 2011 10:56am
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AJSmyth AJSmyth
If it looks anything like the E-tron roadster it will be a winner.
Oct 18th, 2011 9:49am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
i hope they will still use a high rev NA engine for the base model.
Oct 18th, 2011 8:45am
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