The Audi R8 is an astonishing car and one the defied all of its critics. Firstly there was Audi’s lack of experience in building a mid-engined supercar, could they even do a half decent job? Being German and sensible, would the R8 be exciting enough? Finally there was the badge snobbery to overcome. Whilst Audi is indeed a premium brand when it comes to saloons and SUVs, it has nothing on Ferrari and Lamborghini. Since its launch back in 2007 the car has surpassed expectations and joins the supercar elite on its own merit. A huge sales success, the all-new 2015 Audi R8 hopes to further the four rings marketshare.
Sharing many components with its sister car, the Lamborghini Huracan, this is the 2015 Audi R8. Only available in V10 form from launch, its exterior is an evolution of its predecessor. Sharp angular features surround a large mesh grill. The now synonymous side blades return but are now divided by a styling line from the door. At the rear a more squared-off architecture is prominent. With more carbon fibre and aluminium in its construction, the new cars drops 66KG of weight whilst gaining a 40% increase in structural rigidity.
The standard 2015 Audi R8 V10 produces 532BHP and 398lb ft of torque, whilst the V10 Plus delivers 601BHP and 413lb ft. 0-62MPH takes 3.5 seconds and 3.2 seconds respectively. V10 Plus also gains a fixed rear wing. Up to 100% of power can be sent to the rear wheels in both cars via an new all-wheel-drive system.