This super sports vehicle inspired by the Audi cars competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, since its introduction in 2008, was an instant success for its high performance without losing the style and the luxury that characterize the German brand. The new R8 2017 version— with designs, technologies and completely new engines— was presented a few months ago at the International Motor Show in Geneva.
This R8 shows a more angular and aggressive model that contrasts with earlier versions. At first glance, the vehicle front announces a change of character: four bold angular lines and the air intakes are joined extending towards the floor. The central grille gives an imposing look, centered in an irregular hexagon.
The side door panels provide straight muscular lines, and the optical and rear air diffusers display the same design. This strong design is accompanied by the use of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, aluminum and reinforced plastic, allowing a significant reduction of the vehicle’s weight to improve fuel efficiency and performance.
The design changes are not limited to the exterior of the new R8, but also in an entirely renovated interior where the new multifunctional steering wheel is reminiscent to that of racing cars. The commands for the multimedia systems, climate control and vehicle settings are within easy reach of the driver. Another noticeable change is the replacement of the central panel screen by a single large screen in place of instruments. Here the driver can see not only the speedometer and the rest of the usual indicators but also the settings and multimedia options.
The 7-speed dual clutch transmission lever looks substantial and impressive. The materials that predominate in the interior textures are leather with visible stitching, carbon fiber and aluminum, creating an elegant and sporty setting with a great personality. The distributing system for the four-wheel drive is powered by two versions of a 5.2-liter V10 engine. The standard 540 horsepower can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles/hour (100 kph) in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 m / h (over 320 km / h), while the V10 Plus has a total of 610 hp and accelerates from 0-60 m / h in just 3.2 seconds.
For those who prefer ecological versions, the 2017 R8 will be offered in limited edition with E-tron engine and 456 horsepower that offers an acceleration of 0-60 m / h in 3.9 seconds and provides a surprising range of 280 miles (450 km) with a connection charge of only two hours.
To achieve such an advanced version, Audi used cutting-edge technologies throughout the vehicle. For example, laser headlights that provide higher speed lighting than the LED will be available in Europe. In conjunction with the camera system on the front of the car, these lights will detect obstacles and prevent accidents.
Without a doubt, the 2017 R8 is a new version that will strengthen the resounding success of the model, always valuing its tradition of technology, performance, speed and elegance. ■