The highly anticipated second generation Audi R8 was unveiled this March at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. With the great success of the first generation, the second-generation model only improves from the last generation. With production cars soon to hit North America, let’s take a look at redesigned 2016 Audi R8.
The R8 will now be available in three models: R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI Quattro, R8 V10 Plus, and for a limited time the R8 e-tron. In previous years the R8 was available with a V8 engine, however, that option has been discontinued. The base R8 will come with a 5.2 liter V10 engine that produces 540 horsepower. If you need more power, the V10 Plus model adds another 70 horsepower to bring the total to 610 horsepower. Also, the engine will be faceted with 7-speed dual clutch transmission, making shifting response nearly instant.
Along with engine and power upgrades the R8 has shed over 100 pounds off the previous generation. With the weight loss handling is improved and acceleration is blistering: 0-60 mph comes in just 3.5 seconds. Top speed will come at 201 mph or 205 mph, depending on the model.
The all-new 2016 R8 has been redesigned as well. While keeping the same overall body look, there have been changes to make the car much more aggressive looking. The front vents are now vertical instead of horizontal, the side blade has now been cut into two pieces, and the exhausts are now rectangular rather than circular. The sharp edges and fine details of the new R8 really give the car much more of an eye-catching ability compared to many other supercars on the road today. The interior has also been updated with clear inspiration from the Audi TT. The dash and gauges are now electronic and the flat bottom steering wheel now comes with perforated leather and a red start up button and who doesn’t love a red start up button?
The 2016 R8 is highly anticipated here in the US with models soon to be coming. With a big V10 engine producing unrivaled performance and sharp aesthetics, the R8 is the supercar for anyone that wants to blur the lines between performance and art.