Four circles brand finally presented the second generation of R8 sports car in more than one clothing. 2016 Audi R8 is available with conventional, internal combustion engine and hybrid system utilized in e-tron models. Moreover, R8 is already available in GT3 configuration and that model is called R8 LMS.
2016 Audi R8 Engine range & Specs
For starters, new R8 offers V-10 power just like it did before. There are couple of options here. First one is 5.2L engine which makes 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. The other one is called V10 Plus and it is basically the same engine, tweaked to deliver 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. LMS racing model slots between them and generates as much as 585 horses.
Finally, R8 e-tron packs as much as 456 hp and 679 lb-ft of torque while offering single speed transmission and rear-wheel drive. In contrast, rest of the lineup sends the power to all four wheels through 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Story, however, doesn’t end here as next year is supposed to bring us more powertrains to choose from, mostly downsized ones.
|Specs||Audi R8 V10||Audi R8 V10 Plus|
|Type||5.2 FSI V-10||5.2 FSI V-10|
|Output||540 HP||610 HP|
|Torque||398.3 LB-FT||413 LB-FT|
|0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph)||3.5 Seconds||3.2 Seconds|
|Top Speed||200 MPH||205 MPH|
Redesign – Inside and Outside look
2016 Audi R8 replaces trapezoidal stripe grille with hexagonal mesh one. Headlights, however are trapezoid-like, and below them, you’ll find gaping air intakes. Hood remains the same and so does car’s midsection. Sharp crease in car’s door is here still. Promptly falling roofline offers a long, but angled rear window, while overhang gets sharp tail-lights coupled with another set of gaping air inlets. Finally, lower bumper gets a duo of rectangular exhaust pipes which are here to control the V-10 power.
Interior still offers asymmetric dashboard and cabin overall, but things have been changed to some extent. In fact, whole cabin has been redesigned, but materials remain the same. This way, you can expect full premium leather and plenty of carbon fiber accents. Central tunnel and instrument panel have gone through the biggest changes. Latter of the two doesn’t get a standard touch screen display any more, but popping one which comes out of the dash upon car’s startup.
2016 Audi R8 doesn’t offer an abundance of safety features, just like most of sports cars usually don’t, even though they cost much. Apart from mandatory features, R8 will give you a rearview camera and parking sensors which are a must because of its poor rearward visibility.
2016 Audi R8 Price and MPG
Fuel economy ratings of 12 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway from previous model won’t exactly soar this year either. They might grow a little bit thanks to automatic gearbox and lighter frame, but improvements won’t exactly be revolutionary. e-tron model will be able to travel up to 280 miles on battery power alone which is incidentally, the only way it can roll.
Finally, prices should remain in the same region as before which means between $150,000 and $180,000 for V-10 models, while e-tron plug-in hybrid should cost around $200,000. More affordable models will have downsized engines and should arrive later on, together with lower price tag.
2016 Audi R8 continues strong into its second generation. This extremely handsome luxury sports car represents a pinnacle of German ingenuity and threatens even some hypercars with its sublime performance.
The biggest competitors are new: Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and Porsche 911 Turbo.