A Closer Look at the 2016 Audi R8

Late last week, we gave you a first look at the highly anticipated new Audi R8. New images have now emerged of the V10 model, which is currently known to be the only engine available in two variants (V10 and V10 Plus) from the new platform.

The 5.2 FSI will produce 397 kW in the V10 and 449 kW in the V10 Plus. The range-topping V10 Plus model will sprint 0 – 100 in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 330 km/h. Transmission is a 7-speed S-Tronic and a newly developed quattro drive system will transmit power to the road.

The V10 Plus will weigh just 1,454 kilograms, despite the addition of extra equipment and greater rigidity. This makes the new Audi R8 up to 50 kilograms lighter than its predecessor. Making use of Audi’s Space Frame, the new R8 will use a combination of aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced plastics.

Exterior wise, Audi has developed a new design solution which makes the car appear even longer and more dynamic. Characteristically curved contours have been drawn over the wheels whilst the shoulder line connects the wheels with one another. This divides the side blade into two at the same time, leaving an upper and lower half.

Following from newer Audi models such as the TT, grid-type daytime running lights with vertical elements replicates the structure of the air inlets at the front and emphasizes the width of the car. At the rear, the lights and the air inlets visually connect to one another. The two tailpipes of the exhaust system have a trapezoidal design and the rear window offers a clear view of the illuminated engine compartment. The R8 is equipped with an electrically extending spoiler, whilst the R8 V10 plus has a fixed carbon fibre wing.

Moving inside, Audi has made use of its new virtual cockpit meaning the displays are all digital. The most important controls are grouped together in button clusters on the steering wheel, also known as satellites. Audi expresses that inside the interior, the driver has a similar impression of sitting in a race car, but we’ll wait until a first hands-on before passing judgement on that one. MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is a standard feature on the new model.

The new Audi R8 will be produced using an elaborate manufacturing technique at the new quattro GmbH production site that was specially built for the sports car, the “Böllinger Höfe” site in Heilbronn. The production area covers 30,000 m2 with a body shop and assembly facilities. Following completion, each R8 is subjected to a strict quality acceptance process on the internal plant test track and an approximately one-hour test drive on public roads.

Audi Australia has not yet officially commented on the new R8, and is expected to make a statement regarding its availability following the official debut at the 2016 International Geneva Motor Show this week.

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