At the Geneva Motor Show, Audi
is presenting the second generation of its high-performance R8 sports car. The
V10 mid-engine and a newly developed quattro drive ensure great driving
performance with 610 hp, achieving 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.2 seconds. Its top
speed is 330 kmph.
A high-revving mid-engine with
superior performance, a consistently lightweight construction concept and an
extremely dynamic chassis with quattro drive system and fully variable torque
control – this is what makes the R8 the sporty spearhead of Audi. The 5.2 FSI
is available in two versions: one with 540 hp and another sporting 610 hp. A
7-speed S tronic transmission and a newly developed quattro drive system
transmit the power to the road.
The top model R8 V10 plus has
a dry weight of 1,454 kilograms. Despite a lot of extra equipment and greater
rigidity, the new Audi R8 weighs up to 50 kilograms less than its predecessor.
The multimaterial Audi Space Frame (ASF) ensures low weight and optimum axle
load distribution. The combination of aluminum and carbon fibre reinforced
plastics (CFRP) in the Audi Space Frame opens up new dimensions with regard to
weight, rigidity and crash behavior. 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 motorsport.
A visual distinguishing
feature which also provides enhanced safety comes in the form of the standard
LED headlights. 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 emphasize the
simplicity of the control panel with its floating effect. MMI navigation plus
with MMI touch is standard.
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