Available in Coupe and Spyder variants, as well as the new GT model (shown above), the Audi R8 is the zenith of performance. With your choice of a powerful V-8 or V-10 engine, the R8 lets you stand out in the crowd or drive right past it.
5.2 Liter V10 Engine
At the heart of the R8 5.2 FSI® quattro® is the soul stirring 525 hp 5.2 FSI V10 engine. Displayed under a transparent panel and nestled within a Carbon Fiber Sigma engine bay, the V10 screams to an astronomical 8700 rpm and propels the R8 5.2 to 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds on the way up to a top track speed of 196.4 mph. As part of a race-bred mid-engine design that contributes to superb handling dynamics, the 5.2 V10 produces 101hp/liter and features race winning technology such as FSI direct injection and a dry sump lubrication system that assures engine lubrication under the most demanding driving situations. It is no wonder then, that this same engine is used in the R8 LMS GT3 race car
4.2 Liter V8 Engine
The soul of the R8 4.2 FSI quattro® is the adrenaline inducing 430 hp 4.2 FSI V8 engine. Like the 5.2, the V8 is also displayed under a transparent panel, producing 316 lb-ft of torque and rocketing from to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds to a top track speed of 187 mph. As part of a race-bred mid-engine design that contributes to superb handling dynamics, the 4.2 V8 features race winning technology such as FSI direct injection, sodium-cooled exhaust valves and is setup for a high-revving 8250 rpm.
quattro® All-wheel Drive
As a true supercar the R8 not only offers blistering speed but awe-inspiring handling. Featuring the legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system, the R8 inspires driver confidence, giving you traction when you need it, where you need it, regardless of road conditions. To accommodate the extreme performance of the R8, quattro® utilizes a continuously variable torque distribution, dynamically adjusting power to the wheels with the best traction. With a significant 85% rear torque bias and up to 30% available for the front wheels as needed, this highly specialized quattro® system provides the R8 with a balanced driving experience unlike any car on the road.
Audi Magnetic Ride
With thousands of miles logged on the world's most grueling test circuit, the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the suspension system of the R8 is further enhanced with Audi magnetic ride, which offers instantaneous driver control at the touch of a button. By utilizing an advanced magnetically charged fluid whose viscosity continuously adapts to driving dynamics and can be controlled electromagnetically, the driver can select from 'Normal' or 'Sport' modes to customize the R8 ride and handling. The result is improved driving dynamics, reduced body movement and better handling on the road.
Advanced Braking System
The R8 boasts a braking system designed to match its impressive power output. The system features a 14.4" front rotor with eight pistons and a 14" rear rotor with four pistons, all of which offers high clamp force for fast, powerful braking. The brakes are internally vented and cross-drilled to increase airflow and cooling, which prevents brake fade for faster stopping.
The same designers who created the Le Mans-winning prototypes also designed the R8. And not only does the R8 perform like the race car that won the last ten out of twelve 24 Hour of Le Mans races, but it also bears the same track-dominating resemblance. From its wide stance, to its powerful wheels to the artful integration of exclusive materials like Carbon Fiber, the R8 is as unmistakable parked as it is in motion.
Full LED Lighting
The R8 is the world's first series-production vehicle to offer an available full LED headlight system. High beam, low beam, daytime running lights, mirror-housed turn signals and taillights all offer brilliant, unmistakable illumination. The R8 features a total of 24 LED daytime running lights, symbolic of Audi victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Exclusive V10 Elements
The R8 5.2 is distinguished by a number of exclusive features. Among them are the specially designed wheels, high gloss black grille, engine intakes, rear diffuser and Aluminum Optic engine vents. Every element comes together to form a car unlike any other.
Race-inspired Driver-oriented Cockpit Design
The entire cockpit (monoposto) of the R8 is tilted toward the driver for maximum performance from both the car and the driver.
Race-inspired Steering Wheel with Shift Paddles
The race-inspired, lightweight, magnesium, three-spoke, leather-wrapped design has a performance look and feel that includes R tronic shift paddles [on vehicles equipped with R tronic transmission] for quick gear changes. The multifunction steering wheel provides easy access to MMI®-inspired logic control for CD, radio, navigation and voice control functions.
Driver information system with Lap-timer
The driver information system located in the middle of the instrument cluster offers the driver an eyes forward display of pertinent information such as current MPG status, navigation directions, estimated time and distance to destination, a lap timer as well as allowing you to scroll through your phone book, CD menu and radio presets.
Audi Navigation System plus with Real-time Traffic
The DVD-based Audi Navigation system plus features a full-color 6.5'' LCD screen and MMI®-inspired control logic for AM/FM and SIRIUS Radio® functions, real-time traffic, a six-CD changer or iPod® integration through Audi Music Interface, and two SD® card slots for your MP3 music. Navigation information is given as audible route-guidance prompts and turn arrows via the color driver information system as well as a detailed color map on the main screen; five languages are available.