Monday, June 29, 2009

The R8 Audi should build

The Audi R8 (V8) is a very good (and successful) car. It though suffers from two disadvantages, weight and bad fuel economy. Audi could fix both, here's how.
Take the V6 TFSI with 290 HP from the A6 and put it into the R8. Get rid of the heavy 4x4 concept and produce a rear drive car only (it has been done for the GT race car). Make the car lighter where possible with acceptable effort. Here you are. From 1'560 kg kerb weight you should be able to come down to something like 1'350 - 1'400 kg. And the fuel consumption will be reduced by at least 20%, CO2 per km below 200 gramm is quite realistic. The car wouldn't be much slower but certainly more competitive on a race track. So Audi, what are you waiting for?

1 comment:

Bruno von Rotz said...

Interesting. Lamborghini just announced the rear wheel drive Gallardo V10. Given the similarities between the R8 and the Gallardo, there shouldn't be problems to build a RWD Audi, even if it would be the first since ages.