It's the second generation of the Audi R8 and it was first revealed in the Geneva Motor Show 2015. It's again the high-performance R8 sports car, just a new breed of the R8 series. The V10 mid-engine and a newly developed quattro drive, all wheel drive system. A consistently light weight construction and an extremely dynamic chassis with the quattro drive system and fully variable torque control. Both the Audi V10 and V10 Plus comes with a 5.2 litre V10 engine along with an S-tronic gearbox. The V10 delivers 540hp while the V10 Plus lets out 610hp, unleashed to perform a 0-100Km orchestra and the car gets clocked at 3.5 and 3.2 seconds. The V10 Plus being immensely powerful does a 0-200Km in a 9.9 seconds which is to be highlighted. The V10 has a top speed of 320Km, while the V10 Plus has a top speed of 330km.
The weight of the Audi R8 V10 Plus has been dropped due to the new Audi space frame, handling of the vehicle is redefined by the quattro setup. Other than the four driving modes of the R8 the V10 Plus has added three new modes such as ideal grip on dry roads, wet roads and snow. The V10 Plus has no major outlook transformations conceived, it look's just the same as the other siblings. The R8 is defined as the dynamic spearhead of the Audi company.
In both the engine versions, power is transmitted through a quick shift seven-speed S-tronic transmission placed behind the engine. The S-tronic has three automatic modes and it can be controlled manually if desired. The launch control system manages full throttle from the still start. S-tronic function acts when the driver's foot is removed from the accelerator pedal at speeds above 55Km, both clutches open and the car goes into coasting mode. This is a fuel saving function and would help the driver for the daily run. Permanent all wheel drive system quattro, gives the new R8 a plus mark in terms of stability and traction when compared with two-wheel drive competitions. The newly developed quattro system acts as a mediator to deliver balanced amount of torque to the front and rear wheels, this ultimately depends on the driving behavior and the weather.
The key factor of the lightweight construction is the body shell with multi-material ASF(Audi Space Frame). The ASF body shell features a completely new lightweight construction concept. This concept is evident in most of the sports cars at present, every maker tries their maximum to reduce the weight of the car for a better performance. Components made from carbon fiber reinforced plastics from the B-pillars, the central tunnel and the rear wall. The front section of the vehicle which is the roof arch and the rear section form a framework made from cast aluminum nodes and aluminum profiles, in which new alloys are employed in some cases. As always with the ASF, each component is designed to a precise location and for a purpose. The multi-material ASF in this new Audi R8 is light and rigid, also being comfortable and offers a high level assurance of safety. The outer material is completely aluminum, for an optional outer body accessories, the company offers clear coated carbon fiber fittings.
The interior is completely new and apart from the seating position in this mid-engined sports car nothing looks like the past Audi R8. The driver cockpit offers a new feature, Audi Virtual Cockpit with a large digital display replacing the needles and dials. The bottom flat steering wheel features a cluster of buttons and the start button has been accommodated to the steering newly. Audi offers different looks as optional for the customers to choose from traditional to futuristic.
Overall this vehicle is to the point and not dramatic, than some of the other brands that fall in the same genre. Fancy a high-reviving mid-engined sports car? Then start stacking up notes and wait for the Audi R8 V10 Plus to arrive at their respective showrooms. The car would be officially on sales in the year 2016.
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