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Second-generation Audi R8 confirmed for Geneva debut

February 21, 2015

Audi has confirmed that the second-generation Audi R8 will debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The comprehensively updated R8 will have a design similar to the third-generation TT that was unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show.

Just like the new TT, the latest-generation Audi R8 will also incorporate the Audi Virtual Cockpit. Inspired from the roadster, the supercar will feature the brand’s new design language with the hexagonal grille, redesigned headlamps, wider air intakes and an overall sharper design.

The headlights of the new R8 consist of 37 LEDs (per headlight) as standard. The LED headlight system can be augmented by a laser high beam lighting module optionally. However, the laser high beam module option would be market specific because in some markets like the U.S. for instance, it is illegal.

The new-generation R8 will sport revised V8 and V10 engines with power increased by at least 25 bhp for both. The engines will feature cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology for the first time on the R8. This should bring around 10% improvement in the fuel economy. The bonnet and roof will be made of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic for weight reduction.

The new R8 shares the Modular Sportscar System (MSS) underpinning with the Lamborghini Huracan. The MSS platform features a material mixture of alumnium and carbon fibre.

While the Geneva Motor Show will host the debut of coupe version, a Spyder is also expected to follow. A plug-in hybrid version based on R8 e-tron, will also join the lineup in the meantime.

Source: Auto Express

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