PORTIMAO, Portugal -- Audi's Quattro GmbH performance division is slaughtering a few sacred cows among sports car enthusiasts.
At the launch of the second-generation R8 at the Estoril racetrack here, Quattro GmbH boss Heinz Hollerweger said the manual transmission is dead and won't make a comeback on the R8, or the next-gen TT RS.
The last-gen TT RS and the outgoing R8 were the last models from Quattro fitted with a manual.
The next TT RS will get Volkswagen Group's DQ500 seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The R8, due in the U.S. next spring, comes with a different seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, internally called DL800.
Hollerweger also hinted that an upcoming entry-level R8 would be fitted with the same turbocharged inline-five that powers the RS3 and TT RS or with a newly developed twin-turbo V-6. That engine would complement the R8's naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10, which is the only engine currently offered. The previous model's naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V-8 won't return.
The inline-five and the V-6 engine each would have less than 3.0 liters of displacement.
The next-generation RS4 and RS5, due in 2016 and 2017, will lose their naturally aspirated V-8 as well.