The new R8, the fasted production Audi yet — and yours for a shade under R3 million.
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.
The Audi R8 range sells from R2,63 million, with the 449 kW for the R8 V10 now Audi’s fastest production car.