Audi chose Portugal to perform a dynamic presentation to International Press of the new generation of the Audi R8 sportscar. Between the 8th and the 25th of July over 350 journalists, from around the world, are expected to drive the new Audi R8 at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.
The second generation of the Audi R8 is equipped with a V10 engine of 5.2 liters available with two power levels – 540 horses and 610 horses – named R8 V10 and R8 V10 Plus, respectively. The automatic transmission S tronic and the new all-wheel drive system ‘quattro’ are highlighted in this supercar that will also have an electric version: the R8 e-tron.
The atmospheric engine with dry character of the R8 is mounted in a central position and has direct and indirect injection, which enables increased power and decreased consumption. The version of 540 horses, the R8 V10 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 323 km/h. However, the most powerful R8 V10 Plus accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.2 seconds and the top speed is 330 km / h.
Both versions of the R8 are equipped with Start/Stop system and the new box dual clutch S tronic 7-speed is positioned behind the engine and has the “Launch control” (to achieve maximum acceleration as from “start”). The wheel drive system ‘quattro’ shows changes compared to the previous generation.
The driver of the R8 has three driving modes: comfort, auto and dynamic via Audi drive select. Each has a specific configuration that determines the response speed of the pressure engine on the gas pedal, steering, transmission and traction as well as the operation of the suspension when the vehicle includes the Magnetic Ride system. There is also a fourth mode called ‘individual’ which allows a custom fusion of different regulations.
The new Audi R8 has a length 4.42 meters, width of 1.94 meters and a height of 1.24 meters, being lighter than its predecessor. This weight reduction is possible by the use of lightweight materials in its construction, being aluminum and reinforced plastic with carbon fiber main components. The reduction in total weight reaches 50 kg.
In front of the driver’s compartment, is the virtual Audi ‘cockpit with a digital screen of 12.3 inches.
In 2014, the Audi Group delivered to its customers around 1,741,100 cars of the brand.