Well it was only a matter of time, but Audi has confirmed that the next generation RS5 will ditch the naturally aspirated V8 in favour of a more powerful and economical turbocharged V6. The RS5’s new turbocharged engine means that the 5.2L V10 from the R8 now stands alone as the only naturally aspirated engine in the Audi line up.
The new 24 valve, 90 degree, 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine that will be known under the code name of EA839 is significant for the German Manufacturer as it represents the future of high performance and economy.
Insiders have already suggested that The 3.0L turbocharged V6 may feature in the next Generation R8, or perhaps even sooner in a speculated model that sits between the TT and R8.
Output for the new 3.0L turbocharged V6 is yet to be confirmed, however, expect a significant increase over the 331kW/430Nm naturally aspirated V8 that it will replace.
Power is expected to be in the region of 350kW/550Nm, with peak figures accessible earlier thanks to forced induction, we expect the RS5 to narrowly pip the RS3 to 100km/h in around 4.0sec.