The Audi R8 (Typ 42) is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car, which uses Audi’s trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It was introduced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG in 2006.
The car is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG’s high performance private subsidiary company, Quattro GmbH, and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame, and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car is built by quattro GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi’s ‘aluminium site’ at Neckarsulm in Germany.
In 2005, Audi announced that the name of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2007, the Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car (designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig), appearing at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show, and 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 development program began in 2004, Lamberty’s design being approved and frozen for production. Production body prototypes began field testing in January 2006. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. There was some confusion with the name, which the car shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). 6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as “the best handling road car today”.
The second generation was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, including the series production version of the Audi R8 etron battery electric vehicle with an all-electric range of over 280 miles. Power in the full-electric e-tron is 456 PS (335 kW; 450 bhp) and torque is 920 N·m (679 lb·ft). It sprints from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds There are also 2 other versions, V10 with 540 PS (397 kW; 533 bhp) and more powerful V10 Plus with 610 PS (449 kW; 602 bhp). Many changes have been introduced, such as a newer Audi SpaceFrame, new interior, re-designed exterior, etc. It shares the technical automobile platform with the Lamborghini Huracán.
The all-new, second-generation Audi R8 V10 Plus, the most powerful production Audi of all time has finally launched in the Philippines. As V10 Plus is a more powerful version of R8, the 5.2-litre, 40-valve engine delivers a maximum power output of 610 PS and peak torque of 560 Nm. Clocking 100 kmph mark from naught will take 3.2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 330 kmph.The Audi R8 V10 Plus was featured in the 2016 game Forza Horizon 3.
Presented at the 2016 New York Motor Show, the R8 Spyder is the convertible version of the new R8. From launch it is only available with the standard V10 engine, which produces 540 PS (397 kW; 533 bhp), but a V10 Plus with 610 PS (449 kW; 602 bhp) is expected to join the range before the end of 2016.