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The Audi R8 is the sporty spearhead of the Audi model lineup. Now the high-performance sports car is more dynamic than ever, with the S tronic transmission and new features on the exterior, in the cabin and for the brakes. All models now come standard with all-LED headlights. The rear lights mark the premiere of another dynamic innovation: dynamic turn signals. The powerful new Audi R8 V10 plus with 550 hp sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.5 seconds. Thanks to Audi ultra lightweight construction, the top-of-the-line model with a manual transmission has a curb weight of just 1,570 kilograms (3,461.26 lb).
Coupe or Spyder
The reshuffled Audi R8 lineup comprises two body styles - Coupe and Spyder - and three engines. The standard sprint times for both models equipped with the new seven-speed S tronic have improved by 0.3 seconds while fuel consumption has also been reduced.
The alloy wheels, which measure 18 or 19 inches in diameter depending on the engine, come in a variety of new designs. The brakes are incredibly powerful. All four discs are internally vented and perforated, and their wave design reduces the weight. Audi also offers optional carbon fiber-ceramic discs that are even lighter, yet extremely durable and long-lasting. These are standard with the Audi R8 V10 plus.
Besides the six-speed manual, the new seven-speed S tronic, which replaces the R tronic used previously, is also available. It is standard in all V10 models. The fast-shifting dual-clutch transmission features a launch control function that provides optimal traction when starting. Power is delivered to the road via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with a rear-axle bias.
Mid Engine Design
All versions of the Audi R8 feature an axle load distribution of roughly 43:57 - ideal for a mid-engine sports car. Dry sump lubrication enables the engines to be mounted low, giving the vehicle a very low center of gravity. All of the wheels are mounted on aluminum double wishbones. The setup is tuned for high dynamics, yet delivers good comfort. The adaptive damping system Audi magnetic ride (standard in the R8 V10) adapts the response of the shock absorbers to the requirements of the driver and the road. The chassis of the Audi R8 V10 is decidedly tuned for dynamics. A special configuration including modified spring/damper tuning with a corresponding adjustment of the camber values at the front axle provides for even more dynamic handling.
One glance is all it takes to recognize the Audi R8 as the brands dynamic spearhead provide a wide, hunkered down road stance.
Sharp lines frame sculpturally arched surfaces and new details give the high-performance sports car a sharp distinctive look.
A wrap-around contour called the loop visually connects the front, the wheel wells, the flanks and the rear of the Audi R8. The cabin located far to the front visualizes the mid-engine concept.
The exterior design has been honed ever further. The restructured all-LED headlights and rear lights are standard with all models. The Singleframe grille with tapered corners at the top, the redesigned diffuser and the large, round tailpipes are the most eye-catching new features. The diffuser of the Audi R8 V10 plus features a different geometry and is made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. The rear lights of all models include dynamic turn signals, a worldwide first from Audi. Produced by LEDs, the turn signal runs from the inside out in the direction in which the driver wants to turn.
Many bolt-on body parts of the R8 Spyder and R8 V10 plus are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). The same material is also used in the interior of the top model. The driver and passenger sit in bucket seats with folding backrests. The interior of all versions of the high-performance sports car is now even more refined. With the honeycomb-quilted Fine Nappa full-leather package, the seat covers and inserts in the door liners are quilted. This quilting is also available as an option for the Alcantara headlining.
Powerful Mid Engine Designes with performance in mind
The eight-cylinder engine powering the Audi R8 V8 delivers 430 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, the latter between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm. In combination with the seven-speed S tronic, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 300 km/h (186.41 mph). The Audi R8 V10 with the S tronic completes the standard sprint in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 314 km/h (195.11 mph). The ten-cylinder engine produces 525 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque to the crankshaft at 6,500 rpm. At the top of the model range is the new Audi R8 V10 plus with 550 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with the S tronic, it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 317 km/h (196.97 mph). The new top model is only available as a Coupé.
The closely-related engines are hand-built at its factory in Hungary.
The V8 with a displacement of 4,163 cc The V10 with a displacement 5,204 cc Regardless both are free-breathing, high-performance engines. They intrigue the drivers senses with spontaneous throttle response, by freely revving to far beyond 8,000 rpm, with ample pulling power and a sonorous, throaty sound.
Audi offers an optional front splitter made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP). The splitter is standard with the new R8 V10. The matt Titanium Gray air intakes and subtle modifications to the Single frame grille clearly signify the special position occupied by the top model.
All versions of the high-performance sports car now come standard with all-LED headlights, a technology that Audi introduced with the Audi R8 years before any other car maker in the world.
The all-LED rear lights (including reversing light) with their redesigned interior elements dominate the rear of the R8.
The spoiler of the Audi R8 extends automatically at 100 km/h (62.14 mph).
Like the intakes at the front, the air vents have three crossbars. With the R8 V10, the surface between them bearing the license place is finished in high-gloss black. Above it is the new badge. As with the RS models, the letter "R" sits partly over a red rhombus. The large diffuser, optionally available in CFRP, extends far upward. It is standard with the R8 V10. The exhaust system of all versions terminates in two round, chrome-plated tail pipes (black on the R8 V10 plus).
The windshield frame of the R8 Spyder is coated with anodized aluminum. Two large cowls in shining silver run from the bulkhead to the rear of the car. Integrated into these are upright air intakes. Another wide discharge vent is located between the cowls.
On the Coupe, the discharge vents at the rear window are Matt Black (Titanium Gray on the R8 V10). The eight or ten-cylinder engine sits below the window like a work of art in a display case. LED illumination is available as an option. The Audi R8 V10 comes standard with the lights, and the engine compartment is partly lined with CFRP trims.
The most important component in the ultra lightweight construction concept of the Audi R8 is the body.
An aluminum Audi Space Frame, it weighs just 210 kilograms (462.97 lb), roughly 40 percent less than a comparable steel structure. The body of the R8 Spyder with its electrohydraulically actuated cloth top weighs 216 kilograms (476.20 lb). The ASF body lays the foundation for the dynamic, precise and safe handling and high passive safety.
The bumper has also been redesigned. In all Audi R8 models, the black air intakes that direct air to the radiator and the brakes have three crossbars.
The sideblades of the Coupe are available in a choice of eight colors. Customers in search of more exclusivity can choose from roughly 100 special paint finishes or have their very own shade mixed. The cloth top of the R8 Spyder is available in black, red or brown.
Audi is demonstrating its expertise in ultra lightweight construction technology with the updated R8.
The Audi R8 showcases the full extent of Audis expertise in ultra lightweight construction.
The open-topped, high-performance sports car has more specialties in store.
The top compartment cover and the sides are made of CFRP; the top is cloth. Weighing only about 42 kilograms (92.59 lb), it keeps the vehicles weight and center of gravity low. When closed, the soft top tapers down to two long, slender fins. It opens and closes electrohydraulically within 19 seconds, even when driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph). When opened, it folds like a Z into its storage compartment over the engine. The compartment cover opens and closes on two seven-link hinges. A headlining covers the frame of the top, which is fabricated largely from aluminum and die-cast magnesium. The soft top is quiet and fully suitable for high-speed driving. The heated glass window, which is separate from the top, stands upright in the bulkhead between the passenger compartment and the engine compartment. It can be raised and lowered at the press of a switch, with the soft top up or down. It thus serves as a wind deflector.
At the front of the car, the new Single frame grille with the tapered top corners catches the eye. It is finished in high-gloss black; in V10 models, its struts are adorned with fine chrome strips. The four Audi rings are not on the grille, but on the hood.
The Audi R8 V10 plus, available only as a Coupe, has a curb weight of just 1,570 kilograms (3,461.26 lb), 50 kilograms (110.23 lb) less than the R8 V10. A lot of effort went into this weight reduction. Weight savings were extracted from;
the alloy wheels, the insulating materials, particularly in the area of the bulkhead between the cabin and the engine compartment from the seats the ceramic brakes the newly developed running gear the front splitter the rear diffuser also contributed to the weight reduction. The top model has adjustable bucket seats with folding backrests The chassis is made of fiberglass-reinforced polymer (FRP).
The cover forms a single unit with the rear-window module, the storage compartment, the cover and the rollover protection system - two strong, spring-loaded sections - that further increases the stiffness of the ASF body.
A bedplate construction, in which the lower bearing bridges for the crankshaft are integrated into a common frame, gives the crankcase high stiffness and optimal vibration behavior.
The gray cast iron bearing bridges reduce its thermal expansion, thus minimizing play at the crankshafts main bearings.
The forged crankshaft, the forged steel connecting rods and the forged aluminum pistons combine low weight with high strength.
Differentiation: mirrors, sideblades and sills
The sleek contour of the exterior mirrors offers the slipstream little resistance.
Audi has been the leading brand in lightweight construction since the development of the first A8 in the 1990s.
The aerodynamics of the Audi R8 borrows closely from racing.
Depending on the engine and body style, the coefficient of drag is either 0.35 or 0.36. The underbody includes four NACA vents - upward sloping surfaces - arranged around the rear wheel wells. Two additional diffusers in the front section of the car increase the downforce on the front axle. The Audi R8 generates downforce at high speeds for better stability.
Four camshafts, which can be adjusted through 42 degrees of crankshaft angle, actuate the valves via roller cam followers.
Like the oil pump, the water pump and several auxiliaries, the camshafts are driven by chains on the rear wall of the engine.
The intake plenum of the dual intake system is made of lightweight polymer, and there are pneumatic flaps in the intake ports.
Actuated by the engine management system, they induce a rolling type of motion in the incoming air at low load and engine speed.
This "tumble" further increases combustion efficiency.
The exhaust system is also a dual-branch system.
Its components have been designed for low back pressure and are very light.
Exhaust flaps in both tailpipes open by means of vacuum at higher load and engine speed for an even fuller sound.
The dry sump lubrication with its separate oil tank behind the engine is a classic racing technology.
It allows the engine to be mounted down low while at the same time ensuring the supply of lubricant even under extreme lateral acceleration.
The forced oil pump features various suction and discharge stages for load-dependent operation, which improves efficiency.
A common rail system injects the fuel directly into the combustion chambers, where it is swirled intensely and cools the walls.
This enables a high compression ratio of 12.5:1, which benefits both performance and efficiency.
With the all-new seven-speed S tronic, all versions of the Audi R8 accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) three-tenths of a second faster than the previous model with the R tronic.
The gears are closely spaced for a sporty response. The top gear is tall to reduce engine speed and fuel consumption - the high-performance sports car from Audi reaches its top speed in sixth gear.
S Tronic Quattro
The 4.2 FSI produces 430 hp - 103.3 hp per liter of displacement. Its rated engine speed is 7,900 rpm, and the electronic rev limiter kicks in at 8,250 rpm.
The V8 delivers 317 lb-ft of torque between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm, with at least 90 percent of peak torque available in a wide range between 3,500 and 7,500 rpm.
The V8 accelerates the Audi R8 Coupe with the S tronic from:
zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 300 km/h (186.41 mph) with manual transmission: 4.6 seconds and 302 km/h [187.65 mph]).These same figures for the R8 V8 Spyder are: 4.5 and 4.8 seconds (with S tronic or manual transmission, respectively) and 300 km/h (186.41 mph).
Two transmissions are available for the R8.
The V10 engine offers even more power - 391 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm and 525 hp at 8,000 rpm. The rev range extends to 8,700 rpm. Specific output is 101 hp per liter of displacement.
The Audi R8 V10 offers superior performance.
The output of the new top model Audi R8 V10 plus is:
550 hp thanks to modified engine management; torque reaches 398 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm. Available only as a Coupe, the R8 V10 plus in combination with the S tronic accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.5 seconds and flies past the 200 km/h (124.27 mph) mark just 7.8 seconds later. The figures with the manual transmission are 3.8 seconds, 319 km/h (198.22 mph)
Solid, Metallic or Crystal Shades
Audi finishes the Audi R8 in the solid colors;
Flat Bottom Steering Wheel
Audi R8 drivers can change gears themselves using the selector lever or paddles on the steering wheel, and a fully automatic mode with Normal and Sport programs is also available. At the push of a button, the launch control program modulates the engagement of the clutch at the optimal engine speed when starting so that the engines full power is delivered to the road with minimal wheel slip.
Mid Engine Design
The mid-engine concept of the Audi R8 provides for a roughly 43:57 front/rear weight bias, with slight differences between the individual variants. The engine is located in the center of the vehicle close to the vertical axis, rendering the inertia of its mass essentially negligible during fast direction changes.
The chassis of the high-performance sports car uses racing technologies. For example,
Normal and Sport Modes
Audi magnetic ride active damping comes standard in the R8 V10 (not available for the R8 V10 plus) and is available as an option for V8 models.
The hydraulic rack-and-pinion power steering also contributes to the overall sense of maximum precision conveyed by the R8. It provides highly differentiated, sensitive feedback and has a sporty, direct 16.3:1 steering ratio.
The Audi R8 rolls on large wheels with mixed-profile tires.
8 & 4 Piston Aluminum Calipers
A powerful brake system is installed behind the large wheels.
Optional Carbon Fibre Ceramic Brakes
In combination with the 19-inch wheels, Audi offers optional carbon fiber-ceramic disks (standard in the Audi R8 V10 plus). With this system,
Electronic Stability Control
The ESC electronic stabilization control can be switched to Sport mode, which permits safe oversteer when the gas is applied when exiting a curve. The driver can also completely deactivate the ESC for particularly dynamic driving, such as a fast lap on the race track.
True Drivers Cockpit
The interior of the Audi R8 conveys a luxury-level racing atmosphere. Its most distinguishing feature is the monoposto.
The Audi R8 is a sports car with great every day utility. The long wheelbase offers a generous amount of space for the driver and passenger. Another strength of the R8 is the luggage capacity that fits under the front hood and behind the seats of the Coupe, which can also accommodate two golf bags.
Power-adjustable sports seats are available as an option for V8 models and are standard with V10 variants.
Heated seats are standard in all models except the Audi R8 V8 Coupe, where they are available as an option. Depending on the model variant, the seats are covered in a combination of Alcantara and leather or in Fine Nappa leather. In the R8 Spyder, a special pigmentation prevents the seats from heating up excessively in the sun. Audi offers bucket seats with folding seat backs as an option for the Coupe (standard in the R8 V10 plus).
The controls are clearly structured.
The workmanship is now even more refined.
Many controls and trim elements shine with subtle chrome strips or, like the louvers in the air vents, in high-gloss black. The needles of the instrument cluster have been even more precisely designed; the shape and haptics of the rocker switches have been optimized. The center console can be optionally covered in leather adorned with the same fine stitching found on the parking brake lever. The frame of the on-board monitor is also trimmed in leather. With the full-leather package featuring honeycomb-quilted Fine Nappa leather, Audi covers the seats and door trims with quilted leather. This look can also be optionally extended to include a quilted Alcantara headlining.
Customers placing even more value on individuality can choose leather elements in a variety of colors, inlays in Carbon Sigma (standard in the R8 V10 plus Coupe) or a Piano finish look. A wide range of design, styling and leather packages as well as an Alcantara headlining provide additional accents.
V10 models come standard with:
the navigation system the Bang & Olufsen Sound System (optional in the R8 V10 plus Coupe). Among the attractive options for all R8 models are a high-beam assistant, a storage package, various luggage sets, mobile phone preparation including seat belt microphone and voice control, and parking system plus with reversing camera.
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