Audi once again flexes its muscles in the supercar game with the arrival of the all-new R8, set to make its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show beginning this weekend. The second-generation R8 is sleeker and sharper, and packs a lot more tech and performance potential than the model it replaces. First released in 2007, the R8 is the German brand’s answer to supercars from Ferrari and its sister carmakers within the Volkswagen Group, Lamborghini and Porsche.
The R8 has made a name for itself as a high-performance, mid-engine supercar that one can drive every day. Its signature Audi grille, bold fascia with full LED headlights, and ultra-sleek design made it a favorite among many sports-car fans around the world, including Tony Stark in the Marvel Iron Man movies.
The gen-two R8 continues this look, albeit in a sleeker evolution of the outgoing model. The biggest news, however, is that this model boasts a whole lot more power and performance. Audi offers a pair of 5.2-liter FSI V10 engines, with the “lesser” motor developing 540hp. But if you’re getting an R8, then we’re sure you wouldn’t mind springing for the range-topper with its whopping 610 hp! This allows the car to go from rest to 100kph in a-blink-of-an-eye-like 3.2 seconds, and top out at 330kph. Thanks to the mid-engine layout, a new seven-speed S-tronic gearbox, an all-new Quattro all-wheel drive system, and a dry weight of just 1,454kg, the car exhibits a balanced driving experience even in the most extreme conditions.
Inside the patented Audi Space Frame bodyshell lies a cabin that is packed with the latest technology, for utmost comfort and driving pleasure of the driver and the passenger. The displays, for instance, are all digital. The driver grips a steering wheel that houses all the necessary buttons, organized in clusters according to function. And one need not be intimated by all this tech as the controls are quite simple, housed in a floating console. Plus, the feeling of being in a race car is enhanced by the standard Audi Multimedia Interface (MMI) navigation and MMI Touch Interface.
Deliveries of the 2015 Audi R8 begin summer of this year in Europe. As for our neck of the woods, we hope to see the car land here real soon.