No V8, an electric motor and twice V10

Ingolstadt, February 26, 2015

Since 2005 Audi R8 in the program, followed in 2009, the open R8 Spyder sports car on the floor from Ingolstadt. At the Geneva Motor Show 2015 ( March 5 to 15 ) Audi now presents the second generation of the mid-engined sports car, the. In the new factory of quattro GmbH, the " Böllinger farms", will be built near the Neckarsulm plant

Wider and easier

" Flat, broad and muscular " so shall be the New: In length ( 4.42 meters ), height (1.24 meters) and wheelbase (2.65 meters) has not done much in comparison to the previous model, the width (1.94 meters), however, increased by about four inches. However, the weight dropped: The combination of aluminum and carbon-reinforced plastics in vehicle frame weighs the new R8 1454 kg. These are around 50 kilograms less than its predecessor.

Visually, no reinvention

Visually, the new Audi R8 no big jumps: A distinction is the new, flatter and standard LED headlights. Optional Audi also offers the well-known from the R8 LMX laser light. Between the headlights of the new single-frame grille sits in honeycomb appearance. On the flanks of the contours have changed over the wheels and more formed. At the rear, new light fixtures also sit. The two tailpipes are marked trapezoidal. The new R8 has an electrically outgoing spoiler, the R8 V10 plus a fixed blade made ​​of CFRP.

Technical data of the motor

The rear window provides a view of the illuminated engine compartment free. It is a 5.2-liter V10 in two versions course, the 4.2-liter V8 is removed from the program. In the R8 V10 engine fetches from 5.2 liters 540 hp and 540 Nm of torque. The sprint from zero to 100 kph takes 3.5 seconds, top speed of lies at 323 km / h. The new top model, the R8 V10 plus. In it makes the ten-cylinder whopping 610 hp and a torque of up to 560 Newton meters. In 3.2 seconds then the Audi accelerated to 100 km / h. The top speed is specified at 330 km / h.

Efficient engine updates

Among the new features in the 5.2-liter engine includes an additional indirect injection. It complements the direct intended to reduce consumption and increase engine performance. In addition, a new COD system ( cylinder on demand ) on board. It switches from one of the two cylinder volumes by shuts down injection and ignition. Moreover, it has built a new start-stop system. The R8 V10 consumes on average 11.8 liters of fuel to 100 kilometers, the R8 V10 plus there are 12.4 liters.

Seven-speed transmission, all-wheel drive and adaptive suspension

In both engines, the forces flow to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and further to the permanent all-wheel drive quattro. At the front, an electro-hydraulic multi-plate clutch replaced the viscous version of the previous model. In normal operating currents up to 100 percent to the rear wheels, where required, the clutch steplessly up to 100 percent to the front in order. For even more traction there is a mechanical limited slip differential on the rear axle. The adaptive chassis in the new R8 performs all four wheels in double wishbones made ​​of aluminum. Standard is the Audi on 19-inch wheels. On request, 20-inch wheels are available for the first time.

Trim the interior

Driver and passenger sit on the newly designed sport seats. Optionally, the occupants can take on newly developed R8 - shell seats. Another new feature is already available in the Audi TT " Audi virtual cockpit ", which features all the information on a 12.3 - inch display. In addition, the new interior defining element of the single-seater, a big bow in the driver's area. In the reference materials you can choose between leather or Alcantara. Visors and applications are executed in carbon.

Market prices and the electric R8

Sales of the new Audi R8 will start in the summer of 2015. The starting price is 165,000 euros for the R8 V10. The top version with the " plus" in the name and on the performance starts at 187,400 Euros. In addition, the new generation of all-electric Audi R8 e-tron in the starting blocks. The 340 kW and 920 Newton meters strong electric R8 has a range of 450 kilometers accelerates in 3.9 seconds to 100 and on to the electronically limited 210 km / h mark. In the course of 2015, the electrified high-performance athletes will be available for purchase . (ml)