Next-Generation 2014 Audi R8 Looks To Ditch Manual, Possibly V-10 Power

Audi R8 GT

Audi R8 GT

Manuals are steadily disappearing from option lists, and it isn’t just on mainstream vehicles. Exotics and performance cars are increasingly ditching them too, mainly for dual-clutch gearboxes that offer improved efficiency and performance. Some among us just like to row gears for themselves though.

Some companies still offer them, such as Porsche, which just developed a new seven-speed manual for the 911. Porsche says it will continue to offer manuals for as long as they see a demand. CAR is reporting that the next-generation R8 will no longer offer a manual, as well as V-10 power later in its model cycle. A host of changes underneath the skin is in store for the car, which is expected to sport an evolutionary style update.

The manual transmission will be replaced by a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox instead of the current six-speed sequential unit. To save weight em>CAR reports that the 2014 R8 will get a space frame made from a mixture of carbon fiber and aluminum elements. The current car has an all-aluminum space frame (ASF). That and other changes should be good for a weight savings of 220 pounds.

As for engine power, the naturally-aspirated V-8 of the current base car looks to carry over, as well as the V-10 for a few years into the model-cycle. It would get a power bump to 550 horsepower, and then get a mid-cycle enhancement would swap the V-10 out for the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 in the Audi S8 and Bentley Continental GT. As far as styling, don’t expect radical change, but the new R8 is said to ditch its “side blades.”

We hope the next-generation R8 exhibits a bit more elegance than the brash current car. We know it is something Audi is capable of designing, especially in their concepts. For most enthusiasts, the reported loss of a third-pedal on the R8 will be the most unwelcome change. There is a while between now and the next-generation car though, so anything can happen.

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Tony Pimpo is a young automotive journalist who lives in Northern California. He believes the future of the automotive industry will depend in a large part on the recommendation of enthusiasts and Generation Y. More than ever, automakers lately have realized the power of Gen Y. Not only in regards to buying power, but in driving opinion and spreading a brand’s message through the internet and various forms of social media. His appreciation for cars formed at an early age, thanks to his dad, who has always been involved with cars in different ways over the years. Tony has contributed to various websites in his pursuits, and is on staff at GMInsideNews, where he has been writing since the age of 12.

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