And there are plenty more to come.
We’re only a couple of weeks away from the full reveal of the all-new 2015 Audi R8. We’ll be on hand in Geneva to see it in the flesh but today we’re able to bring you some official details that were previously top secret. Here’s what we knew beforehand: the V8 engine is a goner, replaced solely by the familiar 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10. What’s new today is that engine's upgraded output figures: 533 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque, a 15 hp and 7 lb-ft boost over the current car. But those figures are only the base R8.
The R8 V10 Plus will produce a wonderful 602 hp and 413 lb-ft, and will rev at 8850 rpm. It’s also lighter than the base R8 by around 110 pounds and comes with standard carbon ceramic brakes. Also standard is a fixed rear wing while the base R8 will feature an automatic spoiler. The six-speed manual is also gone for good; the seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox is now standard fare for both R8s. We’ve also been told the R8 V10 Plus will blast from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and have a top speed of 205 mph. Do a quick check and you’ll see those are the same times of its platform and V10-sharing cousin, the Lamborghini Huracan.
But the R8 has a slightly longer wheelbase and is a bit heavier than the Huracan, but just barely: 3,205 pounds vs. 3,135 pounds. The new R8’s chassis is also 15 percent lighter than before and is also 40 percent stiffer. Impressive. Magnetic Ride Control is optional and the all-wheel drive system is also new, featuring an electrohydraulic multiplate clutch up front and a mechanical limited-slip different out back. Full details and photos are expected very shortly. Stay tuned.