Early this morning, the new 2016 Audi R8 was unveiled to the world. In the press release from Audi regarding the new sports car, all of the juicy details were revealed.
The second generation R8 comes in two variants: the V10 and V10 plus, each utilizing the same 5.2 FSI engine. The base V10 model doles out 540 hp, while the range-topping V10 Plus packs 610 hp. With this additional horsepower comes great performance. In the press release, Audi states that the V10 Plus will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 205.1 mph.
While the V10 Plus features a number of added equipment and greater rigidity, it weighs up to 110.2 lbs less than its predecessor at 3,205.5 lbs. Audi accomplished this through the use of aluminum and carbon fiber in the Audi Space Frame.
On the outside, the new R8 has a refreshed look. In the front is a fascia with redesigned grille, air intakes and headlights. The grille is now made with a honeycomb pattern, while the air intakes on either side now have two vertical slates to direct air. Above the air intakes are redesigned LED headlights that can be fitted with Audi’s famous laser technology.
Along the sides, the design lines of the car are more pronounced, leading the eye into the large side air vents and up and over the rear wheels. A quick glance at the side of the car and you can see that Audi went with sharper design cues when compared to previous model years.
Instead of the curved rear of the outgoing models, Audi opted for a flatter surface for the entire rear of the car. The newly designed tailpipes and tail lights play into the flat surfaces and sharp edges.
Overall, the new 2016 R8 definitely looks new and different. Instead of keeping with the soft curves of its predecessors, the new R8 has sharp edges and a more pronounced exterior design. But, what’s more important, is the power held within the heart of the V10 Plus.
Stay with us for the official debut of the new Audi R8 at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.