But Automobile Magazine, the publication a former 0-60 EIC once described as "The People Magazine of car mags," is one step ahead of everyone. Not only do they claim to have the inside scoop on the R18-based super sports car, they claim to know enough about it to have commissioned renderings, which show the car's rumored R18-style front grille and headlamps, its full-length tailfin, and other go-fast features designed to make it into a Lamborghini Aventador-fighter (in a friendly sort of way):
Wait a second...that last picture, can we see that again?
Now, can we flip it?
Son of a bitch...that's one of the pictures of the Koenigsegg Agera James Lipman shot for us for the Winter 2011 issue of 0-60!
And no credit given, either. That's just rude.
The Audi R18-based super sports car will reportedly pack 550 horses of diesel power, and an extra 150 horses of electric motivation. It should be revealed around 2015 or so. Hopefully, it'll look more like an R8 and less like they just Photoshopped a Koenigsegg.
Gotta give Audi credit, because their 2012 LMP1-class contender combines three technologies most car companies wouldn't squish together, even in the focus-group-free world of racing: all-wheel-drive, hybrid drive, and a turbodiesel engine. Hey, if this year's Le Mans car doesn't work out, they could always make one hell of an SUV out of the leftovers.