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Steane Klose | Apr 2, 2008

Remember the R8 prototypes running the RS6’s twin-turbo V10 and their eagerness to burst into flames and reduce the R8 to a burning pile of twisted supercar? Audi were testing the turbo-charged V10 R8 last year and while the car was supercar quick it had some serious engine cooling issues - or so the story goes.

Squeezing a V10 and its super hot twin turbo’s into an R8, left little room for cooling air to circulate and the result was a catastrophic fireball on more than one occasion.

Reports across the internet suggest that Audi have managed to shoe-horn the turbo V10 into the R8 and keep it cool enough, with the addition of a roof-mounted vent, similar to the one seen on the R8 V12 TDI concept.

The news stems from an interview between Autocar magazine and Wolfgang Hatz, the head of powertrain development for the Volkswagen Group. According to Hatz, the twin-turbo V10 has already been signed off for use in the new hyper R8.

It is even being suggested that this ultimate R8, will be badged the RS8, leaving a future RS version of the A8 sedan potentially nameless.

It's April Fools day in the States at the moment, so lets hope that this story isn’t just another piece of fools day news. It has been speculated that Audi previously mislead the blogosphere and that not all of those burnt R8 hulks were sporting the turbo V10...

[Source: Autoblog]

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