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Mike Stevens | Jul, 11 2014 | 0 Comments

New images of Audi’s coming second-generation R8 this week are accompanied by reports of new engine options for more green-minded buyers.

Talk of an electric option will not surprise many, with Audi long ago confirming its long-gestating R8 e-tron will eventually see production.

Joining those reports this week however is the apparent confirmation of a diesel option, inspired both by the the R8 V12 TDI revealed in 2008 and the company’s diesel-powered Le Mans racers.

According to Automobile magazine, the new R8 will initially launch in V8 and V10 petrol form, with a diesel option to follow in 2017.

The powertrain of choice for that version is unknown, although reports suggest it will be either Audi’s 4.0 litre TDI V8 or the brand-new 5.0 litre TDI V10 reportedly in development for future Bentley models.

High-performance diesel options could even prove to be a new range-wide direction for Audi, if May’s 287kW diesel-electric RS 5 concept is any indication.

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