Seven years after the launch of the first generation, Audi has officially unveiled the new R8 supercar at Geneva Motor Show. The design has evolved and you will instantly notice sharper form of the german supercar than a previous model it replaces. One of the biggest changes is the Audi Space Frame chassis, which combines aluminum and carbon fiber in its structure. It reduces weight by up to 50 kilograms and it offers 40% more torsional rigidity as compared to its predecessor. It is also 15% lighter and now weighs only 1454 kilograms.
The new Audi R8 is equipped with a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine which is available in two power modes. A 540 hp for the standard version capable of 0-60 mph time in 3.5 second with a top speed of 323 km/hr and 610 hp R8 V10 plus version which can sprint 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and top speed of 330 km/hr. In case you were wondering, new 610 hp German supercar is the most powerful and fastest production model of Audi series in history.
Power is transferred to all four wheels via a new four wheel drive Quattro system that can send up to 100% of torque to either the front or rear axle. Thanks to cylinder deactivation system also known as COD, fuel efficiency is also increased. It also comes with updated seven-speed s-Tronic gearbox with three operating modes and launch control function. The automatic transmission is standard on both the models with no manual gearbox option.
The interior is spectacular and all new instrumentation panel has been developed similar to Audi TT’s virtual cockpit. It allows even more possibilities for driver to custom-tailor settings like speed, navigation, and infotainment. All these settings can be operated through central knob or controls mounted on the steering wheel. Audi R8 comes with lots of options that makes it even sportier. Standard equipment on R8 V10 plus include 20 inch wheels, ceramic brakes, and fixed carbon fiber wing. Optional equipments include variable adaptive chassis with dynamic control, Tough matte army green color available only for V10 plus and adaptive headlights with LEDs which is complemented by laser technology that provide additional light at higher speed.
Audi R8 when launched was one of the cars that quickly gained cult status. The new 2016 Audi R8 has improved on almost all front with the new chassis, new engine from Huracan and all new interior. Sales of the second-generation german supercar will commence in summer 2015.
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