Audi R8: new model revealed
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27th February, 2015
- Audi‘s new R8 to makes its debut in Geneva next week
- 5.2 FSI engine with up to 449 kW, 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds
- New multi-material Audi Space Frame with a high proportion of aluminium and CFRP
At Switzerland's Geneva Motor Show, Audi will present the version of its high-performance R8 sports car. The
mid-mounted V10 and a newly developed quattro drive ensure performance, especially in the top-of-the-range version with
449 kW. The new R8 V10 plus reaches 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, its top speed is 330 km/h.
A high-revving mid-engine with superior performance, a lightweight construction concept and a dynamic chassis with
quattro drive system and fully variable torque control is what puts the R8 at the sportiest end of the Audi range. The
high-performance sports car has been newly developed from the ground up – it is more taut, more striking and more
fascinating both on the race track and on the road.
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Thanks to the close cooperation between racing engineers, racing drivers and developers, the Audi R8 has seen a clear
performance increase – this benefits both the series production car and the R8 LMS developed on the basis of this.
The engines: 10 cylinders in two versions
The 5.2 FSI is available in two versions: one with 397 kW and another with 449 kW. The range-topping model
accelerates in 3.2 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h . The sound of the freely aspirated V10 engine, whose maximum torque is
available at 6,500 rpm, has become even fuller and sharper. A 7-speed S tronic transmission and a newly developed quattro
drive system transmit the power to the road. The distribution of the drive torque adapts to the respective driving
conditions – in extreme cases, 100 per cent of the torque can be transmitted to the front or rear axle. The new
performance mode in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system enables adaptation of the most important ride dynamics
parameters to the friction coefficient of the road.
Lightweight construction: only 1,454 kg dry weight
The top model R8 V10 plus has a dry weight of 1,454 kilogrammes. Despite a lot of extra equipment and greater
rigidity, the new Audi R8 weighs up to 50 kilogrammes less than its predecessor. The multi-material Audi Space Frame
(ASF) ensures low weight and optimum axle load distribution. The combination of aluminium and carbon-fibre reinforced
plastics (CFRP) in the Audi Space Frame opens up new dimensions with regard to weight, rigidity and crash behaviour. The
aerodynamic underbody which integrates a long diffuser boosts downforce. The chassis, too, with its double wishbone
suspension demonstrates how close the new Audi R8 is to motor sport.
Design: flat, wide
The design reflects the powerful sporty character of the R8. A visual distinguishing feature which also provides
enhanced safety comes in the form of the standard LED headlights. For an extended field of vision and more brightness,
Audi offers the laser spot for the high beam as an option – complemented by the dynamic turn signals at the front.
Dynamic turn signals are standard at the rear.
In the new Audi virtual cockpit, the displays are digital. The most important controls are grouped together in button
clusters on the steering wheel, also known as satellites. In the interior, the driver has the impression of sitting in a
race car. The air conditioning controls emphasise the simplicity of the control panel with its floating effect. MMI
navigation plus with MMI touch is standard.
New factory for quattro GmbH
The new Audi R8 is made at a new quattro GmbH production site that was specially built for the sports car – the
“Böllinger Höfe” site in Heilbronn.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.