One thing is for certain, during Auto Show season, most manufacturers can’t hold on to their reveals until the car is supposed to officially debut. We’ve already seen teaser after teaser for the new Audi R8, and now, it’s officially here.
After the last few teasers, Audi has dropped the curtain on its newest supercar. From the ground up, this is a very new animal. Every little bit of this car is new and ready to be a precise weapon.
While the last R8 V10 was a wonderful beast, Audi wanted to use everything it had learned through the last generation to finally bring its new supercar firmly into this decade.
To do that Audi first started with a new lightweight chassis, which according to Audi is 110 lbs lighter than the last R8 V10. That’s primarily thanks to an extensive use of carbon fiber reinforced plastics and aluminum. Due to that new structure, the car is now 40% stiffer than the previous model. Meaning the new R8 should be a dream in the corners.
Obviously though, Audi couldn’t just keep the horsepower the same — the new car needed more grunt. To do that, Audi turned to the same 5.2-liter V10 from the Lamborghini Huracan, which enabled ludicrous speed to be unlocked in a straight line.
To start production off, there will be two versions of the engine. Beginning with an entry level R8 V10 that has 540 horsepower, this will get to 62 mph in a short 3.5 seconds. Moreover, the ferocious R8 V10 Plus derived from Lamborghini with the full 610 horsepower will hit the same speed in just 3.2 seconds.
What’s most interesting about this new car is that the R8, according to Audi, will form the basis for two other models in the R8 range.
This includes a production version of the R8 e-tron, which is fully electric, delivers 279 miles to a charge, and hits 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
Additionally, Audi will introduce a new R8 LMS racecar that will be available to teams based on the car’s new architecture and engine.
The new R8 will officially debut to the public at the official debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show.