Update – UK pricing and launch timeline has been announced for the second-generation Audi R8. The standard R8 and the R8 V10 plus both will be available to order from May 2015. First deliveries are expected in late 2015.
Audi has previewed the second generation Audi R8 supercar ahead of its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The all-new supercar incorporates a “flat, wide and muscular” design. The design is now angular like the TT sports coupe but still retains its original curvatures wherever it should. The honeycomb pattern singleframe front grille is picked up from the Audi TT Quattro Sport Concept. The newly designed front air intakes are now smaller. The newly designed headlamps consist of 37 LEDs (per headlight). The headlight system can be opted with laser high beam lighting module which has a range of up to 600 metres.
On the sides, the shoulder line now divides the door blades into two separate ones. At the rear, the newly designed sleek & sharper taillights are connected to newly designed air inlets. The new diffuser is positioned in between the trapezoidal tailpipes of the exhaust system. The R8 V10 gets a retractable rear spoiler while the R8 V10 plus features a fixed wing made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP).
The standard 5.2-litre V10 engine is available in two different specifications. The R8 V10’s engine delivers 540 hp and 540 Nm of torque. The V10 engine on the R8 V10 plus churns out 610 hp and 560 Nm of torque. Engine on both the models come paired to a 7-speed S tronic transmission. The transmission sends power to both axles via a newly developed quattro all-wheel drive system. Torque distribution is adaptive to the driving conditions; 100% torque can be sent to the front or rear axle if required.
The R8 V10 sports 19-inch wheels with 245/35 tires at the front and 295/35 at the rear but can be opted with 20-inch wheels in which case the tire size changes to 245/30 at the front and 305/30 at the rear. The R8 V10 plus sports these same 20-inch wheels as standard. The R8 V10 features steel disc brakes for its stopping power. The R8 V10 plus decelerates using carbon fiber ceramic disc brakes as standard.
The R8 V10 can accelerate from nought to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 320 km/h. The more powerful R8 V10 plus sprints from standstill to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and records a top speed of 330 km/h. The CO2 emissions figures for the R8 V10 and the R8 V10 plus are marked at 275 g/km and 289 g/km respectively.
Following its unveiling at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the all-new R8 goes on sale in summer 2015. The R8 V10 is priced at €165,000 and the range-topping R8 V10 plus is priced at €187,400.
2015 Audi R8