Audi R8 serves as a shining example of the transfer of knowledge and technology from the race track to the road. Audi’s athletic vanguard, the R8 is a stunning amalgamation of powerful design and avant-garde technology. Up front, horizontal lines, the broad Singleframe radiator grille in honeycomb look, and the four rings on the hood establish the car’s dominance. The wedge-shaped headlights come together with the three-dimensionally formed surfaces to give prominence to the tension of the Audi R8′s design. And like the grille, the large trapezoidal air inlets too receive honeycomb inserts. On the side, it sports clean and flexed lines that trace the car’s curved surfaces. The flowing shoulder line connects the wheels with one another and the door handles are placed in the shadow of this line. This lends the sports car an elongated and even more dynamic appearance. The fuel lid is made of aluminium and can be opened by pressing the smooth surface to the left of the lid. And, just like on a race car, one does not need to unscrew a cap to refuel the car.
The Audi R8′s interior is a continuation of its exterior’s taut design. Its artistic lightweight design’s most imposing element is the large curved arch that surrounds the area in front of the driver’s seat and expresses the ambience of a race car’s cockpit. The slender instrument panel seems to hover without being joined to the wide centre tunnel console that bears switches for secondary functions and the gear lever. The cabin’s allure is further reinforced by the means of sophisticated materials, meticulous artisanship, and innovative technologies. The bucket seats, crafted in Fine Nappa leather, receive side bolsters for enhanced lateral support.
The Audi R8 is replete with equipment aimed at providing luxury and comfort. Its standard exterior features list is rounded out by LED headlights, LED rear lights with dynamic indicators, front spoiler, diffuser insert, and fixed rear wing in gloss carbon, and electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors with integrated LED indicators. Inside, it receives a plethora of features: three-spoke, flat-bottom performance leather steering wheel with multifunction plus and 4 operating satellites, deluxe automatic air conditioning with sunlight-dependent control, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, Audi virtual cockpit with high resolution 12.3-inch colour display, Bluetooth interface, Audi music interface, Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 13 high-performance loudspeakers, and Audi phone box. The company also offers a myriad of optional features including LED headlights with Audi laser light, engine compartment cover in gloss carbon, Audi exclusive leather controls for the steering wheel, etc.
Other than that, the R8 also comes loaded with a wide array of other systems and features such as cruise control, parking system plus with reversing camera, Audi drive select with four different modes (auto, comfort, dynamic, and individual), and electronic stabilisation control.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe is powered by a V10-cylinder petrol engine with combined inlet manifold and direct fuel injection. Paired to a seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission, it develops 610 PS and 560 Nm of maximum torque. The car also receives the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 3.2 seconds and is capable of achieving a top speed of 330 kmph.