A new set of Audi R8 photos is showing off the brand’s latest supercar in stunning detail.
The R8 is about to begin shipping to customers in Europe, though it won’t make its way to the U.S. until 2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle.
Although the styling is evolutionary, a lot has changed about the car under the skin. A lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber structure helped the R8 lose about 110 lbs compared to its predecessor. At launch, two different 5.2-liter V10 engines will be available, the first with 540 hp and the more powerful option sporting 610 hp. Audi claims that the 0 to 62 mph sprint will happen in just 3.2 seconds in the 610-hp car.
All-wheel drive and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission are also found in the new car which Audi says is about 10 percent more fuel efficient than today’s R8 thanks to revised direct injection and cylinder-on-demand technology.
Inside, the R8 gets a full digital gauge setup, heavily bolstered leather seats, a steering wheel fitted with many of the car’s primary controls and a more driver focused layout.
Along with the gasoline powertrains, Audi also plans to offer a significantly revised e-tron electric version. The new electric R8 will have a much larger 92-kWh battery pack that Audi says will allow it to drive up to 280 miles instead of the previous model that could drive up to roughly 140 miles.
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