Audi has been a busy little bee these past few months, but not too busy to work on a replacement R8 supercar. This time around, however, things are a little different.
Last year, the original R8 came with a V8 engine, and was shortly followed by a V10 engine. This time around, we do not get an eight-cylinder option, but rather just the rather shouty V10 engine from Lamborghini. Why? This is due to stringent tax laws on engines over 4.0 litres in major markets like China. However, fear not, because rumours around Geneva suggest a cheaper and less powerful R8 may be in the works to combat this problem.
So, for now, its just the V10, specifically the 5.2 litre V10 producing either 532 bhp in standard form or 601 bhp in “Plus” form. Obviously, this being Audi, that power is sent to all four wheels via a newly-developed Quattro four-wheel drive system. Couple this power to a 66 kg weight reduction, and the 2015 R8 will sprint to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and keep sprinting to a top speed of 205 mph for the “Plus” model, and 3.5 seconds to 62 mph and 201 mph top speed for the standard model. The V10 also features silly fuel-saving technologies, because apparently people who buy these cars care about these things.
The design is an evolution of the current model, with sharper detailing all over the car. It is on the inside, where things are very different. The interior follows heavily from current Audi models, which are some of the best in the business in terms of infotainment and overall design and usability.
There will also be an R8 e-tron electric vehicle which will produce the equivalent of 456 bhp and reach 62mph in 3.9 seconds and have a range of 280 miles. Don’t buy the e-tron if you have a shred of dignity, buy the shouty V10 instead.
The new R8 is currently on show at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.