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New details are starting to emerge about the next-generation model wich is slated to be launched in 2014. The 2014 Audi R8 supercar will feature a new, lightweight and more rigid structure, incorporating carbon fibre and aluminium into its chassis construction.
According to a recent Automobilwoche report in Germany, the 2014 Audi R8 will feature a hybrid carbon fibre rear sub-frame matched to an aluminium front section. Thanks to the new chassis, up to 100kg will be shed from the current Audi R8′s
Besides being lighter, torsional rigidity is expected to increase by 30% to 40,000 Nm (29,498 lb-ft) per degree. Audi design boss Michael Dick said in the report that the new model would provide a new benchmark in structural stiffness compared with rivals like the Ferrari 458
, Porsche 911
and even the Lamborghini Aventador
Little else is known about the 2014 Audi R8, but rumour has it the new model could be powered by Audi’s new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. A variation of the new motor is featured in the new Audi S6 and Audi S8, and could potentially produce upwards of 400kW.