The second generation of Audi's halo car, the R8. Audi Introduced the first R8 in 2006, and it picked up where the original Quattro had left off 15 years earlier. Today's R8 silent looks fresh, even though its design which first seen more than a decade ago When the German marque unveiled the Le Mans Quattro concept. For at encore, Audi plans to produce a faithful evolution of the original theme-more angular and Modernized, but still instantly Recognizable as to R8. However, de second-tions car will not utilize an interior design compiled of brazenly borrowed TT components. Audi is fast-tracking the next R8 for production in a effort to preserve the car's reputation as the apex of Audi engineering Porsche soon will oversee all development platform for the Volkswagen Group's sports cars.
Audi’s focus on precision and track drivability for the next R8 will underscore the brand’s burgeoning reputation as a legitimate producer of supercars.
Platform: The next-gen R8 will again use a mid-engine platform, whichwill be shared by the replacement for the Lamborghini Gallardo based on trademarks filed by Audi's Italian subsidiary, we believe this offering will be called Deimos. At worst, Audi is aiming to keep weight at the current car's level-the most recent R8 we've tested, a V-10 Plus, tipped our scales at 3689 pounds, Although It Could cut weight by Replacing many of the aluminum structure's components with even lighter pieces.
Current 2014 Audi R8 V-10 Plus
Powertrains: What will power the next R8 is yet to be finalized, but our intelligence suggests that a twin-turbo V-8 and a naturally aspirated V-10 will be the engine options. A plug-in hybrid powertrain is a possibility in this generation of R8, and should it come to market, it would revive the R8 e-tron nameplate.
Competition: Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo, McLaren MP4-12C, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R.
Estimated Arrival and Price: The next Audi R8 will land on showroom floors as a 2016 model, likely in the second half of 2015. Pricing shouldn’t move too much from the current car’s base price of $119,150.
2014 Audi R8 V-10 Plus