The Audi R8 is an all-wheel drive, mid-engined supercar that shares a platform and many mechanical components with the Lamborghini Gallardo. Despite its high performance capabilities, user-friendly nature of the R8 and comfortable cabin actually make it suitable as a daily driver. First introduced in 2008, the Audi R8 Spyder now has (convertible) and V10 variants. Although it is starting to rise in years, the Audi R8 remains one of the most desirable supercars on the market due to a mixture of dynamic driving excitement, surprising practicality and, of course, double take-inducing good looks.
From the mid-engine proportions contrasting aggressive unusual “blades” behind the doors, everything related to the appearance of the R8 screams “exotic.” Headlights, revised taillights, bumpers and other minor stylistic changes help connoisseurs say the latest model, apart from its predecessor. Like many other things in the R8, arresting plate is made of aluminum in order to keep performance-sapping mass to a minimum – Audi says the car’s controls just over 3,400 pounds.
Audi R8 Engine
The heart of the Audi R8 is a high-revving 4.2-liter that delivers 430 horsepower at 7,900 rpm. Maximum torque is 316 pound-feet of 4500-6000 rpm, with no less than 90 percent of production lasted from 3500 all the way to 7,600 rpm. A manual six-speed closed it clacks its way through the gears like a glorious vintage Italian sports car is available, but the times of maximum performance is achieved with standard dual-clutch gearbox with seven gears. With the dual clutch mounted, the R8 is capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.2 seconds. Top speed is quoted at 186 mph.
Take full advantage of the power of the R8 is a drive system quattro four wheel variably distributes out to the front and rear axles via a viscous clutch. It is a great help for acceleration and also makes the R8 more surefooted than many of his peers when the weather turns ugly.
Fuel economy – rarely a point of interest for the supercar buyers – suffers because powerful V8 and all-wheel drive. The stick model shifted back 11/20 city / highway mpg, while the dual-clutch equipped variant is good for 14/23 mpg. Together with aluminum Double wishbone front and rear suspension system features a ‘Audi magnetic ride’ adaptive damper that can be configured to provide sporty driving dynamics and a smoother ride. The latter is comfortable enough for the Audi R8 possibly could be used as a daily driver. Directing hydraulic rack and pinion Direct offers a full feedback, counterpoint character to numb power systems help offered in many modern performance machines.
Audi R8 Interior
The Audi R8 cabinet matches the visual drama of the exterior thanks to features like adjusting sweep and flat-bottomed steering wheel, and high quality materials are used throughout. Shoppers looking for an even more luxurious experience can choose from a long list of optional equipment, including Nappa leather upholstery flexible head poster Alcantara and carbon fiber trim. While there is plenty of room for driver and passenger, the Audi R8 is not blessed with an excess of space in the trunk. The front luggage compartment (known as frunk) measures just 3.5 cubic feet and is a strange way; Audi says that a couple of golf bags can be mounted behind the seats, although that might not be achievable for taller drivers.
Navigation features and entertainment is accessed via Audi MMI system, which is one of the settings more intuitive information and entertainment market. However, unlike other models of Audi R8 MMI controls are not in a central position for easy access – instead, they are somewhat awkwardly mounted on the board. Fortunately, a set of standard voice command eliminates this problem.
Audi R8 Features
Standard features on the Audi R8 include combination leather / alcantara, a navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic, a seven-speaker, AM / FM / CD stereo with 140 watts SiriusXM satellite radio, heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, monitoring automatic climate and full LED exterior lighting.
The package brings fine nappa leather upholstery premium seats and door inserts. An extended version of the package, called Fine Nappa full-leather package, treatment panel door inserts extends the dashboard and instrument. The diamond stitch Full Leather Package adds a sewing pattern exquisite diamonds seats and door inserts. A Leather Package adds leather elements of color inserts seats, headrests, door pull and door.
Storage Package adds two networks at the back of the seats, a network of luggage in the rear tray and a folding compartment under the passenger seat. Stand-alone options include 12-speaker, 465-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system and rear view camera that comes with sensors front and rear ultrasonic parking.
Audi R8 Safety
Dual front, side / thorax and knee airbags are standard. Traction and stability control systems and electronic brake assist are also included.
Audi R8 Competitors
Those in the market for an exotic high performance car like the Audi R8 should also consider tasteful style Aston Martin V8 Vantage and the powerful Porsche 911 Turbo and the Nissan GT-R, which can not be compared with elegance inside it, but Audi is blindingly fast.