The R8 is the dynamic spearhead of the Audi range. In its second generation, the high-performance sports car has been newly developed from the ground up – it is more taut, more striking and more focused. The high-revving V10 engine is available in two performance variants. In the top-of-the-range version with 610PS, it develops breathtaking power.
Up to 610 PS: The two V10 engines
The ten-cylinder engine is available in two versions. In the R8 V10, it develops 540PS from its 5,204 cc displacement and peak torque of 540 Nm (398.3 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 62mph takes just 3.5 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 200mph. The R8 V10 plus is even more powerful and is the fastest series-production Audi of all time. It develops 610PS and its maximum torque of 560 Nm (413.0 lb-ft) is available at 6,500 rpm. The performance figures are equally impressive: 0 to 62mph in 3.2 seconds, 0 to 124mph in 9.9 seconds, and a top speed of 205mph.
Fast as lightning and highly variable: the power transmission
In both engine versions, power is transmitted to a rapid-shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission installed behind the engine. The S tronic has three automatic modes and can also be controlled manually. Shift commands are transmitted electronically (shift-by-wire). The launch control system manages full-throttle acceleration from a standing start.
Audi drive select: the chassis.
In the chassis of the new Audi R8, double wishbones made from aluminium guide all four wheels. The R8 V10 plus has a particularly focused setup – for both engine variants, variable adaptively controlled Audi magnetic ride shock absorbers are available as an option. The newly developed electromechanical power steering system provides close contact with the road surface and makes a further contribution to reducing CO2 emissions. As an option, Audi offers dynamic steering, whereby the steering ratio varies in accordance with the road speed and the settings in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.
Just like in a race car: the interior
Behind the steering wheel of the new Audi R8, the driver feels like a racing driver. All functions are driver-oriented and allow easy operation even when the critical limits are reached – and all without the driver having to take his or her hands off the steering wheel. The newly designed sport seats with integrated headrest provide excellent lateral support. Even more radical seating for a sports car comes in the form of the newly developed R8 bucket seats. These make a clear statement confirming the relationship between lightweight construction and comfort (optional in the V10 and standard in the V10 plus).