Ladies and gentlemen, the second generation of the Audi R8 is official and will arrive next week at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The big surprise is that Audi dropped the V8-powered model, at least for now, and will offer the 5.2-liter FSI in two versions: one with 540 hp (397 kW) and another with 610 hp (449 kW).
The 2016 Audi R8 V10 arrives with 540 hp (397 kW) and 540 Nm (398.3 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is able to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds, while top speed is 323 km/h or 200.7 mph. Meanwhile, the 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus is even more powerful and arrives with 610 hp (449 kW) and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque.
This model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.9 seconds, while top speed is 330 km/h (205.1 mph). Thanks to the additional indirect injection that complements the FSI direct gasoline injection as well as the innovative system in the form of COD (cylinder on demand) which shuts one of the two cylinders banks by deactivating injection and ignition, fuel consumption of the R8 V10 is 11.8 l/100 km (19.9 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are 275 g/km.
The R8 V10 Plus needs more and has a fuel consumption of 12.4 l/100 km (19.0 US mpg), while CO2 emissions are 289 g/km. Fuel consumption was also reduced by 10 percent thanks to the new start-stop system. Both models use a rapid-shifting 7-speed S tronic transmission that delivers the power through the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system and to the standard 19-inch wheels.
As an option, Audi offers 20-inch wheels on the R8. The R8 V10 Plus comes as standard with 20-inch wheels, which hide the brake discs made from carbon fiber ceramic. Thanks to the new Audi Space Frame with high proportions of aluminum and CFRP, the R8 V10 Plus has a dry weight of 1,454 kg (3,205.5 lb).
When it comes to design, the second-generation Audi R8 is an evolution of its predecessor, and shows the four rings on the hood, a Singleframe radiator grille with honeycomb design, flat headlights which can be fitted with laser technology as an option, as well as with large air intakes. The rear end arrives with stylish LED taillights, but also with two new tailpipes that feature a trapezoidal design, while the rear window offers a clear view of the engine compartment.
The R8 uses an electrically extending spoiler, while the R8 V10 Plus comes with a fixed wing made of CFRP. Just like the exterior, the interior was overhauled too and shows newly designed sport seats with integrated headrest, a stylish steering wheel. On the R8 V10 Plus, the steering wheel offers a rotary wheel for selecting the dry, wet and snow programs as well as a button for controlling the sports exhaust system.
The traditional instrument cluster was replaced by the Audi virtual cockpit that uses a 12.3-inch display with impressive graphics. As a result, the MMI monitor of the previous model is no longer available and was replaced by the three central control elements of the air conditioning system.
When it comes to customization, Audi offers plenty of possibilities for both the interior and exterior. Ten standard exterior colors are available, while the R8 V10 Plus gets an additional matt paint finish, the Camouflage Green.
Prices are 165,000 euros for the R8 V10 and 187,400 euros for the top-of-the-range version R8 V10 plus. [source: Audi]