The long-standing rumour that Audi plans to introduce a cheaper, V6-powered version of its R8 supercar has been positively quashed by the Ingolstadt-based brand, according to a new report out of the United States.

The rumour, which stretches back to at least 2016, was recently revived when it was suggested that Audi would unveil a new V6-powered variant – slotting in below the naturally aspirated V10 derivatives – at the upcoming New York International Auto Show.

But Road and Track quotes an unnamed Audi spokesperson as saying (pretty clearly, if you ask us) that "there is no V6 planned for the R8".

Earlier reports had suggested Audi would drop the Volkswagen Group’s twin-turbo 2,9-litre V6 – already employed by the likes of the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS5 – into its R8 supercar in a bid to create an entry-level option similar to the 4,2-litre V8 model that was available in the first-generation R8.

The news comes after Audi’s head of research and development seemingly confirmed that there were no plans for a third-generation version of the R8...