This Is The New Audi R8!

7w ago


The Audi R8 is the subtle supercar no longer. To tempt you away from the likes of the McLaren 570S and Mercedes-AMG GT R, this new, facelifted gen-2 Audi R8 has so much front and rear grille going on, it’s a wonder there was any space left to put the headlights. Angry, innit?

It’s not just the extra intakes and fins up front, either. The R8’s rear diffuser has invaded higher into the rear bumper, wrapping itself around much bigger oval tailpipes than the old oblong tunnels. The engine bay vent now stretches across the entire rear of the car. And it rides on spindlier 20-inch alloys, if you’d like them. Perhaps some Lamborghini DNA is seeping back across the German-Italian border…

Giving the latest R8 the go-faster trousers to match its gurning gob is a useful power hike. It’s still – mercifully -powered by a normally aspirated 5.2-litre V10, but power in the standard car has climbed from 533bhp to 562bhp – the same output as a McLaren 570S, albeit with less torque (only up 7.4lb ft) and a way better noise. The coupe hits 62mph in 3.4sec, the heavier Spyder a tenth slower. And these are official Audi figures don’t forget, so you can expect the R8 to make the dash a tad quicker in real life…

The new R8 V10 Performance is quicker still. Yes, that’s ‘Performance’, not ‘Plus’ – the flagship R8, still identifiable by its fixed carbon fibre wing, has a new name to go with its new teeth.

The range-topper’s been tickled up from 602bhp to 612bhp, and gained 16lb ft of torque, thanks to titanium valvetrain components. The hard-top hits 62mph in 3.1sec, and again you’re a tenth slower with the roofless version. They’ll top out at 205mph and 204mph respectively, but even the ‘non-Performance’ standard R8s will top 200mph these days.

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Comments (10)
  • Update to my previous comment...

    "A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is the ONLY transmission available and Quattro now features a multi-plate clutch that can send up to 100 per cent of the power to either axle".

    Answer is then...NO!

    27 days ago
  • That depends...does it have a manual shifter? Or is that freakin' flappy paddle bullshit the only version now?

    1 month ago
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