Audi has unveiled the second-generation R8, featuring a V10 engine and new
multi-material Audi Space Frame.
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 fascinating.
Race Car-Inspired Interior
The driver feels like a race car driver behind the steering wheel of the 2016 R8, according to Audi. 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).
The start-stop button and the Audi drive select button are located on several satellites on the new multifunction plus steering wheel. The Performance steering wheel in the Audi R8 V10 plus features two more satellites. One button is for performance mode together with a rotary wheel for selecting the dry, wet and snow programs as well as a button for controlling the sports exhaust system.
The Audi virtual cockpit is set in a free-standing housing and presents all the information on its 12.3-inch display with elaborately computed, fascinating graphics. The driver can toggle between different display modes and also adjust the digital instrument cluster to his needs in individual mode. In performance mode, the driver is presented with information on the driving programs, acceleration, deceleration and lateral forces as well as power and torque.
534-Horsepower V10 Engine
The new generation of the Audi R8 utilizes the latest development of the ten-cylinder engine. With its spontaneous throttle response, quick revving up to 6,500 rpm and roaring sound, the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter engine is enough to give you goose bumps. In the new R8, the freely aspirated V10 engine offers even more power and torque than before. Controllable flaps in the exhaust pipe and an optional sport exhaust system make the car sound even more characteristic.
In the R8 V10, it develops a power of 534 hp from its 5,204 cc displacement and a torque of 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) at an engine speed of 6,500 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph takes just 3.3 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 200 mph (323 km/h).
Power is transmitted to a 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.