The updated Audi R8 supercar keeps its naturally aspirated V10, but power jumps to 562bhp in the base model and 612bhp in the Performance
Mechanically, Audi promises some pretty big changes, with more power across the board the headline-grabbing tweak. The 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 still sits in pride of place in the middle of the chassis, with new valve train components made from titanium. In the base R8, power increases from 533bhp to 562bhp, and torque goes up 10Nm to 550Nm.
The 0-62mph time drops to 3.4 and 3.5 seconds for the Coupe and convertible Spyder models respectively, with top speeds bumped up to 201mph and 200mph as well.
The R8 V10 Plus becomes the R8 Performance, now developing 612bhp. Top speeds remain unchanged at 205mph for the Coupe and 204mph for the Spyder, but both go from 0-62mph 0.1 seconds quicker, doing the sprint in 3.1 and 3.2 seconds respectively.
Audi has rejigged the R8’s steering and suspension set-ups, changes which it claims result in greater high-speed stability and turn-in precision. Both cars with optional dynamic steering and standard electromechanical power steering have been updated.