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More details on the new Audi R8


A FEW weeks ago Audi gave us a slight teaser of its second generation supercar, the R8. We promised more details and well, here they are.

The design reflects the powerful sporty character of the R8. A visual distinguishing feature, which also provides enhanced safety, comes in the form of the standard LED headlights. For an extended field of vision and more brightness, Audi offers the laser spot for the high beam as an option - complemented by the dynamic turn signals at the front, which are standard at the rear.

In the new Audi virtual cockpit, the displays are digital. The most important controls are grouped together in button clusters on the steering wheel, also known as satellites. In the interior, the driver has the impression of sitting in a race car. The air conditioning controls emphasize the simplicity of the control panel with its floating effect. MMI navigation plus, with MMI touch, is standard.

Audi claims that the high performance sports car has been newly developed from the ground up - it is more taut, more striking and more fascinating both on the race track and on the road. The 5.2 FSI V10 is available in two versions: One with 397kW and another sporting 449kW - which will be known as the R8 Plus. The range-topping model accelerates in a mere 3.2 seconds from 0-100km/h and keeps going to its maximum speed of 330km/h.

The sound of the naturally aspirated V10 engine, whose maximum torque is available at 6 500rpm, has become even fuller and sharper. A seven-speed S tronic transmission and a newly developed quattro all-wheel-drive system transmit the power to the road. The distribution of the drive torque adapts to the respective driving conditions - in extreme cases, 100 percent of the torque can be transmitted to the front or rear axle. The new performance mode in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system enables adaptation of the most important ride dynamics parameters to the friction coefficient of the road.

We cannot wait to get into this new R8. Follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page for more details.

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