Audi finally taken the sheets off the second generation R8, revealing a more angular styling than the outgoing car. This all new Audi R8 will have its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
At first sight it might look like a facelift, but you can tell it’s the new R8 by the prominent honeycomb Singleframe grille and those piercing LED headlamps. Laser lights are optional, and if you choose that you’ll get the “dynamic turn signals” for the front head lamps as well.
The side blades are now split into two levels, giving the new R8 a longer appearance than before. But same as before you can have the side blades in contrasting colour or you can even have it in glossy carbon.
The back is flatter, featuring LED taillights on top of the side vents, an aggressive diffuser under the bumper, and not forgetting those trapezoidal tailpipes that plays the tune of the engine.
In case if you’re wondering what kind of tune they’re going to play, under that transparent engine cover lies a naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 with two different output figures. On the “base” R8 V10 it churns out 540 hp and 540 Nm of torque. On the R8 V10 plus, it develops 610 hp and 560 Nm of torque.
Mated to a 7-speed S tronic (sorry, no manual this time) and quattro all-wheel drive system, acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h is 3.5 seconds for the R8 V10 and 3.2 seconds for the R8 V10 plus, while the top speed is 323 km/h for the former and 330 km/h for the latter.
The V10 features Cylinder On Demand (COD) to shut off one of the two cylinder banks when necessary, helping to achieve the average fuel consumption of 11.8 l/100 km for the R8 V10 and 12.4 l/100 km for the R8 V10 plus.
The interior showcases the new multifunction plus steering wheel with groups of controls, and the Audi virtual cockpit behind it. The virtual cockpit utilises a wide 12.3-inch screen that displays all sorts of information you could possibly imagine; from the vehicle speed and all the way to the detailed 3D map for navigation.
Since all the information is now shown in the virtual cockpit, the center console is now free from any screen. Filling the void is a trio of controls for the air conditioning.
In Europe, the new R8 is set to go on sale this summer, carrying a price tag of € 165,000 for the R8 V10, and € 187,400 for the R8 V10 plus. But before that, it will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week together with the Prologue Avant concept.