Audi stunned the world when it first showcased the R8 supercar. The design of the new mid-engine supercar was unlike any seen before. It was flamboyant in a subtle way. Not too brash and neither too loud. At launch, the car used the same 4.2-liter V-8 engine from the RS4. The chassis was designed from scratch, although the expertise from Lamborghini proved quite helpful.

So, Audi had launched a car that was slightly cheaper than the Lamborghini Gallardo and had a trusty V-8 under its hood. Audi later added a V-10 version with over 500 horsepower, the roots of which can be traced back to the Lamborghini V-10.

Still, the Gallardo was a bit too flashy for some and hence the Audi R8 was able to carve out a segment for itself. Audi has recently launched V10 Plus version of the R8 which gets more power and other improved bits. The V10 Plus is only available as a coupe.

That said, the current Audi R8 is almost at the end of its life cycle. A new model is set to replace the car in two years time. The very first pre-production prototypes have already been spotted, however the spy pictures do not reveal a drastic change in design of the 2016 Audi R8.

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  • 2014 Audi R8
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    7 speed S-tronic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    424 @ 7900
  • Torque @ RPM:
    430 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    4163 cc
  • Top Speed:
    186 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    4.3 sec.
  • Price:
    INR 16382000
  • car segment:
  • body style:

EXTERIOR

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The Audi R8’s futuristic styling is widely acknowledged among supercar enthusiasts around the world. The front of the car is highly expressive and unique to the R8. LED daytime running lights further add to the superior looks. Later iterations of the Audi R8 gets an unbroken strip of LEDs under its headlights. The first versions had twinkling diamond necklace sort of DRLs.

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The coupe can be ordered with a contrasting side pod which also doubles as an engine intake on either side. Customers can even ask for a full carbon fiber piece here. The front bonnet is low slung but can gobble up considerable amount of luggage. The large boot capacity and easy to drive nature of the car also makes the Audi R8 one of the very few everyday useable supercars.

The engine sits just behind the driver compartment. The coupe gets a glass engine cover so that passers by can drool over the meat. The Spyder, on the other hand gets a vented lid instead. Both the Spyder and coupe models have been tuned for better aerodynamics and the retractable rear spoiler is just one aspect of it.

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Like most mid-engine supercars, the rear fascia is mostly vented to circulate cool air through the engine bay. The tail lamps use twin-pod LED units and new sequential turn signals. One latter models, quad exhaust tips have been replaced with large oval mufflers and a more efficient rear diffuser.

2014 Audi R8 - Exterior Specification

Trims R8 V8 Coupe R8 V10 Coupe R8 V10 Spyder
Length(mm) 4440 4440 4440
Width(mm) 2029 2029 2029
Height(mm) 1252 1252 1252
Weight(kg) 1885 1945 2045

INTERIOR

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The Audi R8 is a comfortable everyday supercar with a fairly luxurious interior. The seats are fit snug and are supportive. Most of the switchgear has been borrowed from Audi’s parts bin. The flat bottom steering wheel and a short throw automatic shifter and paddles give it a sport edge.

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The twin-pod instrument cluster can be instantly recognized as an Audi from its layout and fonts. The center console houses air-conditioning and a multimedia interface. Rest of the interior is pretty bare and is mostly covered in premium leather.

DRIVETRAIN AND SUSPENSION

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The Audi R8 is available with two engine options. The base R8 Coupe uses a V-8 4.2-liter naturally aspirated engine. This unit is capable of 424 horsepower and 583 Nm of torque. The more powerful V-10 engine can be had in coupe or convertible form as well as a V10 Plus.

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The Lamborghini derived V10 generates a healthy 517 horsepower and 718 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. The V10 Plus churns out slightly more power at 542 horsepower and 732 Nm at 6500 rpm. Thus, the V10 Plus now sits at the top of the R8 range. In India, Audi offers the base R8 as a coupe only. Customers can choose between a V10 coupe or Spyder. The V10 Plus is the recent addition to the R8 range.

Audi S-Tronic 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard on the V10 which allows this lightweight aluminium supercar to accelerate from 0-100 kph in just 3.5 seconds. Keep the right foot planted and the R8 V10 Plus will blitz past 300 kph without breaking sweat. A set of carbon ceramic rotors are available as an optional extra on the R8. All models are fitted with Audi Quattro all-wheel drive.

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The suspension system on the Audi R8 includes double wishbones all around and adaptive damping courtesy of Audi magnetic ride. 19-inch alloys are standard on the V10 models with an all-black exterior upgrade available as an option.

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2014 Audi R8 - Drivetrain Specification

Trims R8 V8 Coupe R8 V10 Coupe R8 V10 Spyder R8 V10 Plus
Engine Type V8 cylinder petrol engine with direct fuel injection V10 cylinder petrol engine with direct fuel injection V10 cylinder petrol engine with direct fuel injection V10 cylinder petrol engine with direct fuel injection
Displacement(cc) 4163 5204 5204 5204
Power(hp@Rpm) 424@7900 517@8000 517@8000 542@8000
Torque(Nm@rpm) 583@4500-6000 718@6500 718@6500 732@6500
Acceleration 0-100 km/h(s) 4.3 3.6 3.8 3.5
Max speed(km/h) 300 314 311 319

PRICES

The base price of the R8 Coupe 4.2 V8 FSI is INR 1,63,82,000. The V10 models start at INR 1,87,52,000. All prices are ex-showroom New Delhi.

COMPETITION

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

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The 991 generation Porsche 911 has been launched in India. The Carrera 4S is the model that comes close to rival the Audi R8. The C4S has been completely revised with a brand new chassis and engine. The 3.8-liter flat-six engine is naturally aspirated in order to produce 400 horsepower and 440 Nm of torque. Porsche offers a manual 7-speed box as well as a slicker 7-speed PDK unit. 0-100 kph is over in 4.1 seconds thanks to all-wheel drive grip, Prices for the 2014 Porsche Carrera 4S start at INR 1.6 crore.

CONCLUSION

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Like the Porsche, the Audi R8 proves to be practical and comfortable on Indian roads. Built by a sister company of the Porsche, the Audi R8 has a unique character which comes from a sublime engine bolted in the middle for an almost perfect weight distribution. The R8 is nimble and the 7-speed S-Tronic transmission makes it easy to drive in traffic. On the track, the V10’s potent performance is unmistakable. Finally, it costs way less than a Lamborghini which makes it good value.

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    • * The V8 is basically from an RS4
    • * Interior is like any Audi and does not feel supercar special

Press Release

The R8 is the sporty spearhead of the Audi model range. The lineup comprises three different engine variants: the R8 V8, the R8 V10 and the R8 V10 plus.

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Body and interior

Audi showcases the full extent of its capabilities in lightweight construction with the R8. The greatest factor with respect to weight is the body. An aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF), it weighs just 210 kilograms (462.97 lb). The version of the R8 V8 Coupé with the six-speed manual gearbox weighs just 1,560 kilograms (3,439.21 lb). The top-of-the-line R8 V10 plus weighs 1,570 kilograms (3,461.26 lb).

The sports car’s exterior design is as impressive as its performance. It received the top accolade of “red dot: best of the best” in the prestigious red dot award: production design 2013. LED headlights are standard. The rear lights of all models also include the innovative dynamic turn signals. Generated by LEDs, the light runs from the inside out in the direction in which the driver wants to turn.

The body of the R8 V10 plus features numerous add-on parts made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), including the sideblades, side mirror housings, enlarged front spoiler and the distinctive diffuser. The same material is also used in the interior. The driver and passenger sit in bucket seats with folding backrests.

Powertrain

The seven-speed S tronic debuted in the model series in late 2012. It plays a major role in the impressive performance of the Audi R8. All versions equipped with the S tronic saw their times for sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) improve by 0.3 seconds compared with the R tronic used previously. Fuel consumption also decreased by as much as 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers.

The eight-cylinder engine produces 316 kW (430 hp). In combination with the seven-speed S tronic, it accelerates the R8 Coupé from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 300 km/h (186.41 mph). The Audi R8 V10 Coupé with the S tronic completes the standard sprint in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 314 km/h (195.11 mph). Its ten-cylinder engine produces 386 kW (525 hp). At the top of the range is the new R8 V10 plus with 404 kW (550 hp). Equipped with the S tronic, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 317 km/h (196.97 mph).

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Engine lineup:

- * 4.2 FSI quattro with 316 kW (430 hp)
- * 5.2 FSI quattro with 386 kW (525 hp)
- * 5.2 FSI quattro with 404 kW (550 hp)

Besides the six-speed manual, the seven-speed S tronic is also available with the V8 engine. It is standard in all V10 models. Power is delivered to the road via the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with a heavy rear-axle bias. The heart of the system is a viscous coupling mounted on the front axle. A mechanical limited slip differential at the rear axle improves the traction.

Chassis

All versions of the R8 feature an axle load distribution of roughly 43:57 – ideal for a mid-engine sports car. Dry sump lubrication enables the engines to be mounted low, giving the car a very low center of gravity. Aluminum double wishbones guide all four wheels. The Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system – standard in the R8 V10 Coupé – varies the function of the shock absorbers as needed. The chassis of the Audi R8 V10 is decidedly tuned for dynamics.

The alloys wheels measure either 18 or 19 inches depending on the engine. The brake system is impressively powerful. All four discs are internally vented and perforated, and their wave design reduces the weight. Audi also offers optional carbon fiber-ceramic discs that are even lighter, yet extremely durable and long-lasting. These are standard with the R8 V10 plus.

Audi R8 Spyder

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The body of the open-top high-performance sports car weights just 216 kilograms (476.20 lb). The top compartment cover and the side elements are made of CFRP. The fabric top, whose mechanical components are made largely of aluminum and magnesium, is light and compact. It opens and closes electrohydraulically in 19 seconds, even when driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph).

The soft top, whose frame is covered by a headliner, is quiet and fully suitable for high-speed driving. The heated glass window, which is separate from the top, is nestled in the bulkhead between the passenger compartment and the engine compartment. It is raised and lowered via a switch, taking on the function of the wind deflector.

The performance and consumption figures of the R8 Spyder differ only minimally from the Coupé version. The seven-speed S tronic is optional with the V8 and standard with the V10.

Engine lineup:

- * 4.2 FSI quattro with 316 kW (430 hp)
- * 5.2 FSI quattro with 386 kW (525 hp)

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