Audi unveiled the second generation R8 ahead of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The big news is the updated 5.2-liter V10 power plant. It comes in two flavors, but the V10 Plus version produces 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque @ 6,500 rpm. Yes, this is still a naturally aspirated V10 that loves to scream. It also makes the 2016 R8 the most powerful and fastest series production car in Audi’s history. The V10 Plus is capable of 3.2 second 0-60 MPH sprints and a top speed of 205.1 MPH.
The engine incorporates both direct and indirect fuel injection and it can shut off one of the two cylinder banks under light load to save fuel. Audi says this R8 is 10% more efficient than the predecessor.
The performance figures are mainly the products of light-weight construction. The new car weighs in at just 3,205.5 pounds of dry weight in the top V10 Plus configuration. This includes the obligatory and redesigned Quattro all wheel drive system. Company says that uses of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastics help it save 110.2 pounds over the outgoing model.
The power is delivered via Audi’s 7-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission. Sadly, there is no mention of a manual transmission in the official press release. The new R8 also utilizes magnetic ride suspension, adjustable exhaust flaps, and dynamic steering. There is a choice of 19 or 20-inch wheels. The rear rubber is decisively wide at 295/35 with the 19s or 305/30 with the 20s.
By the way, the base V10 model makes 540 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque @ 6,500 rpm. It is the blue car in these pictures.
The new R8 may not look much different than the outgoing model, but it receives a careful nip and tuck throughout. The interior is redesigned with added emphasis on high-end technology.
Take a look at this white R8 V10 frolicking through the Rocky Mountains.
The 2016 R8 will likely do battle against the 2016 Acura NSX.