2016 Audi R8 Revealed With 610-HP

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood
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It changed the way people think about the brand and now Audi is stepping up its game once again with a second generation of its R8 sports car.

Using a light weight aluminum and carbon fiber structure, a new all-wheel drive system and impressive V10 power the new R8 is a true exotic.

At launch two 5.2-liter V10 engines will be available, the first making 540 hp while the second will up the performance significantly to 610 hp. Audi says that model will hit 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph!

Paired with a new Quattro AWD system and the brand’s 7-speed dual-clutch transmission Audi claims 100 percent of the engine’s torque can be sent to either the front or rear axle.

Using a new chassis shared with the Lamborghini Huracan the R8 has a dry weight of just 3,205.5 lbs, a total of 110.2 lbs less than its predecessor.

SEE ALSO: Lamborghini Huracan First Drive Video

Inside the R8 gets a simple and clean new look with digital gauges while the most important controls can be operated by the driver on the steering wheel. Another notable change is the addition of a push-button ignition, absent on the previous generation car.

In a release Audi claims that additional versions of the R8 are in the works and even hints that a second-generation E-tron electric model could be a part of the plan with a range of almost 600 miles!

Sales of the new R8 will begin in Europe this summer, though no details on North American availability have been announced.

Full details on the car will be released at the car’s world premiere next week at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. Find Colum on <a href="http://www.google.com">Twitter.</a>

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  • Dave Foley Dave Foley on Feb 27, 2015

    The toys of the 1%ers absorb more digital 'ink' than they are worth. Let's all rejoice on a quoted "DRY" weight of 3205 lbs. Who cares what it weighs without transmission fluid, coolant, fuel, and oil? IMO, no weights should ever be shown without it being ready to drive, and FULL of gas. You can't drive it without all this, so why even quote the number? IMO, the only reason to do it is to MOCK the OEM that thinks it's important to BS about their weight.

  • Anna Mouse Anna Mouse on Feb 28, 2015

    Still no diesel engine?! If Audi can make the R10 TDI race car work, then this should be possible. Driving is more fun than fueling the car up.