The new R8, the fasted pro­duc­tion Audi yet — and yours for a shade un­der R3 mil­lion.

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AUDI has launched its most pow­er­ful and fastest pro­duc­tion Audi yet built in the new R8. Two en­gines are avail­able — a 397 kW for the R8 V10 and a 449 kW for the R8 V10 plus.

Their max­i­mum en­gine torque — 540 Nm and 560 Nm re­spec­tively — is avail­able at 6 500 rpm for both en­gines.

Com­pared to the pre­vi­ous model, power has in­creased con­sid­er­ably, and the re­spon­sive­ness of the high-revving (up to 8 700 rpm), nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 5,2-litre en­gine is now even more spon­ta­neous.

Like a race car en­gine, the V10 en­gine has dry sump lu­bri­ca­tion. Its char­ac­ter­is­tic sound is now even fuller, with an op­tional sports ex­haust sys­tem also avail­able for or­der.

Audi likes to boast they make su­per cars for ev­ery-day com­mut­ing, and the R8 is no ex­cep­tion. Ef­fi­ciency has vastly im­proved over the pre­vi­ous model by up to 13% (33 g/km CO2). The new V10 en­gine was given ef­fec­tive ef­fi­ciency tech­nolo­gies such as the COD (cylin­der on de­mand) sys­tem, which shuts off one row of cylin­ders un­der low load con­di­tions. An­other is dual in­jec­tion, which in­jects the fuel into the com­bus­tion cham­bers and in­duc­tion man­i­fold ac­cord­ing to de­mand.

But put in on a track and Audi says its the new Audi R8 “is right among the lead­ers in terms of its driv­ing per­for­mance”. The V10 ac­cel­er­ates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3,5 sec­onds, and it ac­cel­er­ates to a top speed of 320 km/h.

For the V10 plus, the fastest pro­duc­tion Audi ever, the fig­ures are 3,2 sec­onds and 330 km/h, and it takes just 9,9 sec­onds to sprint from 0 to 200 km/h.

Don’t try that on any of KZN’s pot­holed roads, or you will have to make use of the fiveyear or 100 000 km Audi Free­way Plan which comes stan­dard.

Audi R8 prices:

V10 quat­tro S tronic — R 2,63 mil­lion V10 Plus quat­tro S tronic — R2,97 mil­lion.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

The Audi R8 range sells from R2,63 mil­lion, with the 449 kW for the R8 V10 now Audi’s fastest pro­duc­tion car.

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