Audi has officially pulled the wraps off the new R8 generation as the model will be making its public premiere in Geneva, next week.
Following a leaked image from a few hours ago, the brand new Audi R8 has been officially unveiled. The newest German supercar has an evolutionary styling with the familiar single frame front grille with a honeycomb pattern, which is flanked by the standard LED headlights or by the optional laser lighting units will double the range to an impressive 600 meters.
The side design of the car is showing some curved lines, along with a prominent shoulder line and dividing side blades. At the rear, we can see the more muscular appearance, along with the LED taillights and the retractable rear spoiler. Here we can also notice the fixed wing made from CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic), along with the large diffuser and the trapezoidal exhaust pipes.
Audi says that the new Space Frame is made from CFRP and aluminum and this is keeping the weight of the model to 1,555 kg for the R8 and 1,454 kg for the R8 V10 Plus. The vehicle has an aluminum body whose torsional rigidity has increased by 40 percent. Step inside it and you will find the new bucket seats, the 12.3-inch display which is replacing many of the buttons and controls, the Alcantara / pearl Nappa leather and fine Nappa leather upholsteries, the clear coated carbon fiber accents, the Audi phone box or the optional Bang & Olufsen 500-watt sound system.
The 2016 Audi R8 is equipped only with the 5.2 liter V10 naturally aspirated engine, the same one from the Huracan, which is offered in two power outputs, with 540 HP (397 kW) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque, in the base model, and 610 HP (449 kW) and 650 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque, in the R8 V10 Plus. From 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph), the sprint is made in 3.5 seconds and top speed stands at 320 km/h (200 mph). The R8 V10 Plus needs 3.2s for the acceleration and it can go up to 330 km/h (205 mph).
The R8 will burn an average of 11.8 liters of fuel every 100 km (23.9 mpg UK / 19.9 mpg US) and emit 275 g/km of CO2 while the more powerful version comes with 12.4L / 100km (22.7 mpg UK / 18.9 mpg US) and 289 g/km of CO2 emissions. Both versions are packing the same updated 7-speed S tronic transmission with 3 automatic modes and manual control, sending power to the permanent Quattro all-wheel drive system. The 2016 Audi R8 will go on sale this summer and it will start from 165,000 euros for the standard and at 187,400 euros for the V10 Plus.