2014 Audi R8 is ready to hit the US market

Article by Christian A., on January 22, 2013

Audi considers the R8 to be the pinnacle of its model range. It is available with three separate engine variants: the R8 V8, the R8 V10 and the R8 V10 Plus. The high performance sports car has been given several improvements, making it offer more power and dynamism than in the past.

It now features a recently developed seven-speed S tronic transmission that aided in the improvement of its 0-60mph acceleration time by 0.3 seconds of the R8 V10 Plus. The Audi R8 performs much better due to the new seven-speed S tronic double-clutch transmission. Furthermore, the new S tronic transmission resulted to smoother shifts, making driving even more comfortable. The new R8 V10 Plus, which is at the top of the range, has an output of 550hp and 398 lb.-ft. of torque.

It features the S tronic, which enables the car to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and to hit a top speed of 196 mph. It weighs about 100 lbs. lower than the R8 V10 because of its carbon fiber side blades, front splitter, rear diffuser, spoiler; a smaller fuel tank; manual Alcantara® seats and ceramic brakes. The Audi R8 received several aesthetic adjustments to improve the design. Several of the most obvious revisions are the recently structured LED headlights that are available as standard on all models.

The most prominent features are the hexagonal Singleframe grille, new side mirrors and the big, round tailpipe trims. The innovative dynamic turn signals are included in the rear lights of all models. The Audi R8 V10 with the S tronic can go from a standstill to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and could deliver 525hp with 391 lb.-ft. of torque. It can reach a top speed of 195 mph.

Audi R8 V8 FSI has an output of 430hp and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. When mated with the seven-speed S tronic, the R8 V8 can make the 0-60mph sprint in 4.2 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 186 mph. All the Audi R8 models are available with the option of the gated 6-speed manual transmission or the S tronic transmission. The Audi R8 Spyder is offered with the V8 and V10 engine. But the R8 V10 Plus is exclusively offered as a coupe.

The broad, full figure of the R8 looks as if it embraces the road. It shows its worth via prominent wheel arches, imposing dimensions and air apertures. It is an Audi never before seen - with the unnoticeable dimensions of a mid-engine vehicle. These dimensions are controlled by the forward stance of the interior and the obviously separated engine compartment at its back. A distinct feature on the R8's side is the "sideblade", which makes the engine's location more prominent and it also functions as an air deflector.

And still the R8 is undoubtedly primarily Audi, not only for the reason that it has a single-frame grille at the front. Right now the four rings are placed not above the grille, but on top of the lid. The sparing but still super accurate use of lines is another usual feature, like the curved shape of the ceiling. And the constant line flowing from the front apron opposite the flanks and wheel arches go to the tail end, then return down the opposite side, is the brand's signature. This circular line usually embraces the headlamps, rear lamps and apertures.

Unmistakable face by day and night

The intricate design of the lamps is also a signature feature of the Audi. The R8 already has a loud frontal design via the basic bi-xenon headlamps and daytime running lamps composed of 12 LEDs – for both night and day use. No one will miss the Audi's back features as well: for the first time, LED taillamps with a 3D effect have been successfully placed.

Topics: audi, audi r8, coupe, spyder

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