Audi su­per­car

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Audi has given its V10-pow­ered R8 coupe and Spy­der its first up­date since the sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion ver­sion launched in June 2016, with up­rated en­gines, new styling and han­dling changes com­ing when the ve­hi­cle lands in Aus­tralia late next year.

Like the cur­rent ver­sion, the R8’s 5.2-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V10 car­ries over to the new range in two states of tune, with power in­creased thanks mainly to an op­ti­mised valve train with ti­ta­nium com­po­nents.

Power in the R8 V10 qu­at­tro has in­creased from 397kw to 419kw, while torque is up by 10Nm from 540Nm to 550Nm.

Com­plet­ing the zero to 100kmh sprint takes just 3.4 sec­onds, in the coupe, while opt­ing for the Spy­der adds 0.1 sec­ond.

Mean­while, the more po­tent R8 V10 Plus qu­at­tro – now called Per­for­mance qu­at­tro – di­als up the power from 449kw to 456kw, while torque has in­creased by 20Nm from 560Nm to 580Nm.

Zero to 100kmh sprint times have short­ened to 3.1 sec­onds in the coupe and 3.2 sec­onds, Spy­der, how­ever, given the R8 Spy­der is not cur­rently of­fered in Aus­tralia in V10 Plus/per­for­mance guise, it re­mains to be seen whether the more pow­er­ful drop-top will come Down Un­der.

Changes have been made to the R8’s sus­pen­sion sys­tem, with im­prove­ments to steer­ing re­sponse in ev­ery drive mode, while the en­hanced ESC sys­tem has re­duced brak­ing dis­tances by 1.5 me­tres from 100-0kmh, and by up to five me­tres from 200kmh to stand­still.

Three new drive modes – dry, wet and snow – have been added to the V10 Per­for­mance qu­at­tro, while per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing op­tions in­clude car­bon ce­ramic brakes and a front sta­biliser made from light­weight car­bon­fi­bre-re­in­forced poly­mer.

The Ger­man car-maker has tweaked the R8’s styling, with a wider, lower sin­gle­frame grille and sl­its run­ning along the front of the bon­net that give the su­per­car a more pur­pose­ful stance.

The de­sign of the side air in­takes and front split­ter are now more an­gu­lar, while the LED head­lights have also been tweaked slightly.

At the rear, the air vent grille on either side of the num­ber plate has been ex­tended across the whole rear flank, while the squared-off, quad-exit ex­haust pipes have been re­placed by oval-shaped dual-exit pipes.

A new three-part en­gine com­part­ment cover is avail­able in plas­tic or car­bon-fi­bre, while up to three ex­te­rior pack­ages are avail­able that add vis­ual en­hance­ments to the front split­ter, side trims and dif­fuser.

It is of­fered with 19-inch al­loy wheels as stan­dard, while cus­tomers can op­tion ul­tra-light 20-inch hoops with a five-v spoke de­sign and sport- ier rub­ber. Two new paint op­tions are avail­able – Kemora grey and As­cari blue.

In­te­rior changes are min­i­mal, but in­clude op­tions such as con­trast stitch­ing and a per­for­mance de­sign pack­age for the top-spec ver­sion, which adds leather-al­can­tara up­hol­stery, car­bon­fi­bre trim and Mer­cato blue high­lights.

Through the first three quar­ters of 2018, Audi has sold 30 ex­am­ples of the R8, down by one-third on the 45 it recorded in the same pe­riod last year.

More de­tails on the up­dated R8 in­clud­ing Aus­tralian pric­ing and fur­ther spec­i­fi­ca­tion will be re­vealed closer to the model’s re­lease date in quar­ter four, 2019.

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