Audi will present the second generation of its high-performance R8 sports car at the 85th International Geneva Motor Show taking place in Geneva, Switzerland.
The event will take place from March 5 to 15.
The latest R8 possesses the V10 mid-engine and the newly developed quattro drive to ensure spectacular driving performance, especially in its top-of-the-range version with 610 hp, allowing the vehicle to achieve 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, its top speed is 330 km/h, revealed a company statement.
The vehicle’s 5.2 FSI engine is available in two versions, one with 540 hp and another sporting 610 hp.
The new Audi provides a 7-speed S tronic transmission and the newly developed quattro drive system transmit the power to the road. The distribution of the drive torque adapts to the respective driving conditions – in extreme cases, 100 percent of the torque can be transmitted to the front or rear axle. The new performance mode in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system enables adaptation of the most important ride dynamics parameters to the friction coefficient of the road.
The top model R8 V10 plus has a dry weight of 1,454 kg, despite a lot of extra equipment and greater rigidity, the new Audi R8 weighs up to 50 kg less than its predecessor.
Ulrich Hackenberg, board member for technical development at Audi, said: “Motorsport is in Audi’s DNA, it is part of our brand’s character."
"With the new R8, our engineers are bringing accumulated racing expertise from the race track onto the road. No other model of ours evokes more dynamic emotion, none is closer to a race car. The new R8 V10 plus is the most powerful and fastest series production Audi of all time,” he added.
The new sports car is at 4.42 m long, 1.24 m high and with a wheelbase measuring 2.65 m, its dimensions having been changed slightly in comparison to the previous model. As part of the new laser high beams, one laser module per headlight generates a cone of light with twice the range of the all-LED headlamp.
There are numerous customisation possibilities for customers of the new Audi R8 – for both the exterior and the interior.
The colours for the body have been newly mixed and can be freely combined with the colours of the side blades – a blade made from glossy carbon is a particular highlight of the range. Ten standard exterior colours are available, for the R8 V10 plus there is an additional matt paint finish available, Camouflage Green, it added.