In looks, the 2nd-gen Audi R8 closely resembles the first generation R8, albeit the distinguishing LED headlights (high beam laser spot as option) and dynamic turn signals at the rear. At the front, the singleframe radiator grille with honeycomb design takes on a wider and flatter outlook. Modeled plastic surfaces allow it to merge into the flat headlights, whilst the grid-type DRLs with vertical elements replicate the structure of the air inlets and emphasize the width of the car.
Contemporary design motif for the 2nd-generation Audi R8
On the sides of the 2nd-gen Audi R8, characteristically curved contours are drawn over the wheels. The shoulder line, shaped like a powerful muscle, connects the wheels with one another while at the same time dividing the side blade in two to leave an upper and a lower half. From the rear, the lights and the air inlets visually connect to one another. The two tailpipes of the exhaust system have a trapezoidal design and the rear window offers a clear view of the illuminated engine compartment. The R8 is equipped with an electrically extending spoiler, while the R8 V10 plus gets a fixed wing made from CFRP (Carbon-fiber reinforced plastic).
Overall dimensions of the new Audi R8 reads 4420 mm in length, 1240 mm in height and 1940 mm in width (up by 4 cm compared to the previous edition), with a wheelbase measuring 2650 mm.
Inside, the R8 features digital displays with the important controls grouped together in button clusters on the steering (also known as satellites). Accordingly, the driver has the impression of sitting in a race car thanks to the driver-oriented cockpit and newly designed sports ‘bucket’ seats. The air conditioning controls emphasize the simplicity of the control panel with its floating effect, while MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is standard. Relevant interior features include start-stop button, Audi drive select, the flat selector lever of the S tronic transmission, three central controls of the a/c (previously MMI monitor), and the 12.3-inch display with elaborately computed, eye-catching graphics. When it comes to upholstery, customers are able to select from Alcantara/pearl Nappa leather and fine Nappa leather. Also available are trim elements in clear coated carbon fiber, two leather packages and a new diamond stitching pattern.
The performance-oriented Audi sports car has been newly developed from the ground up with a high-revving V10 engine for the two versions, including the top-of-the-range version with 610 hp (449 kW). Both versions are paired to a seven-speed S tronic installed behind the engine. Features for the S tronic transmission with manual capability include Shift-by-wire, Launch Control and Coasting mode.
In the R8 V10, it develops a power of 397 kW (540 hp) from its 5,204 cc displacement and a torque of 540 Nm at an engine speed of 6,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 3.5 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 323 km/h. The R8 V10 plus is even more powerful and is the fastest series-production Audi of all time. It develops 610 hp and its maximum torque of 560 Nm is available at 6,500 rpm. The performance figures are equally impressive: 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 330 km/h.
At the same time, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system gives the new R8 a decisive plus in terms of stability and traction when compared with two-wheel-drive competitors. On the front axle, an electrohydraulic multi-plate clutch replaces the Visco clutch of its predecessor. The newly developed quattro drive system enables completely unrestricted and fully variable distribution of the drive torque to the front and rear axles depending on the driving situation and weather.
Audi is expected to roll out the new R8 in the Summer at a cost of 165,000 euros for the R8 V10 and 187,400 euros for the top-of-the-range version R8 V10 plus. There are ten available standard exterior colors and an additional matt paint finish Camouflage Green for the R8 V10 plus, along with five interior hues.