Evaluate: With the Audi R8, gradual enhancements repay

Audi’s R8 lastly has the facility, velocity and dealing with worthy of the supercar designation.Daniel Wollstein/Audi

When the unique Audi R8 debuted right here in 2007, it made waves however finally fell brief by way of pure supercar efficiency. Again then, the numbers posted by the R8 weren’t a lot better than different Audi fashions fitted with the identical 4.2-litre V-8 engine; this made critics query if Audi’s first supercar was well worth the effort or the cash. To cap it off, the quattro all-wheel drive system, when positioned in a mid-engine format, didn’t produce the required ranges of dynamic dealing with in all situations.

Over the previous decade, adjustments have been made, incremental enhancements designed to provide the R8 increased ranges of efficiency and convey new ranges of respectability alongside the best way. The 2020 Audi R8 is the top results of that effort – and it’s been time effectively spent.

At launch, there can be two variations of the brand new R8 obtainable, each powered by a 5.2-litre V-10, every in a unique state of tune. The engine within the R8 V10 quattro develops 562 horsepower, 30 greater than the outgoing mannequin. In the meantime, the model now referred to as the Audi R8 V10 efficiency quattro (previously the V10 plus) options 612 horsepower, a rise of 10. Each variations can be provided in Coupé and Spyder physique kinds; extra iterations of the R8 could possibly be forthcoming.

The brand new R8 can be in sellers in Canada within the second quarter of 2019.Audi

There are particular attributes anticipated of a world-class supercar:

  • Violent acceleration is the beginning.
  • The shifts, from whichever transmission is fitted, should be fast and seamless.
  • Cornering grip needs to be excessive, sufficient to pressure the neck after, say, an hour behind the wheel. When pushed towards the bounds of adhesion, the hope is that every one 4 wheels slide collectively in unison.
  • The steering effort and angle should correspond to the physiology of the human mind, making a direct hyperlink to how the entrance wheels reply.
  • Lastly, once you blast right into a nook with an excessive amount of velocity, the brakes should be highly effective and dependable sufficient to shed that extra velocity, incurring as little panic as doable.

The above standards encapsulate the Audi R8 V10, particularly the efficiency quattro model. In numerous high-speed laps of the Ascari Race Resort, the extra highly effective mannequin proved straightforward to regulate on the limits, but quick sufficient to be terrifying. The automobile slid readily below situations that change because the day progresses from heat to chill and the monitor devolved from clear to gravel-splattered.

The all-wheel drive system can shuttle 100 per cent of engine torque to both the entrance wheels or the again wheels. The dealing with of the R8 is additional helped alongside by a limited-slip mechanical rear differential and torque vectoring by brake; these touches mix to assist bend the automobile into turns extra readily.

The efficiency quattro model additionally incorporates a direct steering system, which feels extra pure and exact, and carbon-ceramic brakes for elevated stopping energy.

The 2020 Audi R8 V10 is now a real famous person of the supercar set. Pricing for the automobile has but to be introduced, nevertheless it needs to be near figures for the outgoing mannequin: $185,000 for the R8 V10 and $214,900 for the R8 V10 plus. The brand new mannequin can be in sellers in Canada within the second quarter of 2019 – greatest place your order now.

Tech specs

Each variations of the brand new R8 can be powered by a 5.2-litre V-10 engine.Daniel Wollstein/Audi

  • Base value/as examined: TBA/TBA
  • Engine: 5.2-litre V-10
  • Transmission/drive: Seven-speed dual-clutch computerized/All-wheel
  • Gas financial system (litres/100 km): TBA
  • Options: Aston Martin Vantage, Jaguar F-Sort SVR, Lamborghini Huracan, Mercedes-AMG GT R, Porsche GT3

Appears to be like

The brand new mannequin has a decrease stance and extra distinguished wheel arches.Audi

In a wierd means, the world of supercar design has lastly caught as much as the Audi R8. The Bauhaus-inspired look – with its distinctive entrance grille and iconic aspect blade – continues to be in place. However tweaks to the design have given the R8 a decrease stance, extra distinguished wheel arches and extra sinister goal. It’s by no means seemed higher.


The seat on the efficiency mannequin is essentially the most disappointing facet of the R8.Audi

Superior ergonomics is vital in a supercar as a result of house is at a premium. Whereas the inside is expertly completed and the digital cockpit instrument panel is slick, there are plenty of buttons right here – some may say too many. However the seat on the efficiency mannequin was the one most disappointing facet of the R8: no rake adjustment means some drivers will discover themselves tilting too far ahead.


The all-wheel drive system can shuttle 100 per cent of engine torque to both the entrance wheels or the again wheels.Daniel Wollstein/Audi

Extra energy, extra torque, increased high velocity, a extra subtle traction management system, extra direct steering and a extra exact suspension system. Add this up and also you’ve bought a supercar that’s higher than ever – and a extra impressed selection compared with the competitors.


The steering wheel homes all controls governing the efficiency of the automobile and the presentation of auto data.Daniel Wollstein/Audi

At all times one of many extra superior supercars round, the Audi is loaded to the aspect blades with tech. These options make their presence felt in myriad methods. The steering wheel homes all controls governing the efficiency of the automobile and the presentation of auto data. The TFT instrument panel permits the motive force to scroll between screens neatly to entry the gauges and navigation system instructions.

The decision: 9.0

A poster baby for the incremental enchancment motion.

The author was a visitor of the automaker. Content material was not topic to approval.

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