INGOLDSTADT, GERMANY - Audi has made its R8 high-performance sports car even more attractive and dynamic.
The R8 V10 plus is a new top variant in the model series, with a totally new 7-speed S tronic transmission.
The variant gets LED headlights and new rear indicator lights with dynamicised display are standard equipment.
Developed and built by Quattro GmbH, the Audi R8's single-frame grille with the bevelled upper corners is painted high-gloss black, with horizontal chrome inserts adorning the struts.
The bumper is also new, with the air inlets bearing three crossbars each and a front splitter made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) as standard.
LED headlights with a new technology are now standard on all variants of the Audi R8.
The light-emitting diodes for the high and low beams have been placed above and below the strip-shaped daytime running lights, which are specially actuated to serve as indicators. In addition, static turning lights are integrated in the headlights. As in car racing, the aerodynamics of the R8 has been optimised for propulsion. The underfloor contains five NACA nozzles, along with two diffusors in the front section, which increase the propulsion at the front axle.
The drag coefficient is 0.35 or 0.36 depending on the engine version and body shape; the frontal area measures 1.99 m2. The crankcase is an aluminium-silicon alloy; the bed plate structure provides high rigidity. The dry-sump lubrication allows low positioning of the engines; the pressure recirculation pump operates load-dependently, for increased efficiency.
The FSI direct fuel injection system allows a high compression of 12.5:1. Four adjustable camshafts control the valves.
The R8 V10 plus' 5.2-litre engine develops 550bhp with maximum torque of 540Nm at 6,500 rpm versus the regular R8 V10's 525bhp and 530Nm of torque.
With S tronic, the R8 V10 plus, available only as a coupé, catapults from zero to 100 kph in 3.5 seconds and achieves a top speed of 317kph; the average fuel consumption rate is 12.9 litres per 100km.
The key data with manual transmission are 3.8 seconds, 319kph and 14.9 litres.