New R8: Audi’s fastest model is now even hotter

The new Audi R8 is faster, has a more defined road presence, more power and even greater performance. It will come as Coupé and Spyder, in 570PS quattro and 620PS performance quattro versions.

Audi Sport fans will be able to get their hands on the new R8 early next year when it will open for ordering in the UK.

Highlights of the latest R8 range include more power, torque and performance, including a top speed above the 200mph mark for several versions, and even greater handling precision thanks to suspension and steering revisions.  

The power of the naturally aspirated V10 engine at the heart of the R8 has been increased to 570PS in the ‘standard’ R8 Coupé and Spyder V10 quattro. The top V10 plus versions in each body style will carry the name ‘V10 performance’, aligning them with the most powerful models in the Audi Sport range; they get a power upgrade to 620PS.

Engine – even more power and torque

Instant response, lightning-fast high-revving and a unique sound – the heart of the Audi R8 is its naturally aspirated 10-cylinder engine. On the basic unit, power has been increased by 30PS to 570PS and torque boosted by 10 Nm (7.4 lb ft) to 550 Nm (405.7 lb ft), which is on tap at 6,500 revolutions per minute (rpm). The Audi R8 V10 Coupé quattro accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 3.4 seconds and the Spyder in 3.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 200mph. 

The 5.2 FSI engine in the Audi R8 V10 performance quattro generates 620PS instead of the previous 610PS, with an improved peak torque of 580 Nm (427.8 lb ft). The improved torque is a result of an optimised valve train with components made of titanium.  The Coupé sprints to 62mph in 3.1 seconds, and the Spyder in 3.2 seconds. These models have a top speed of 205mph and 204mph respectively.

Both engines come with a particulate filter to reduce emissions more effectively.

Suspension – razor-sharp precision

The suspension has been modified to provide even more stability and precision. Assistance has been retuned both on the optional dynamic steering and the electromechanical power steering. Transitions between individual drive modes and feedback from the road come across even more precisely across the entire speed range.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system profiles are now clearer – comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. On the R8 V10 performance quattro, three additional programs – dry, wet and snow – are part of the performance mode as standard. They adapt the key dynamic parameters to the friction coefficient of the road. Thanks to the enhanced Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC), the Audi R8 V10 performance brakes from 62mph to a standstill up to 1.5 metres earlier; the stopping distance from 124mph is up to five metres shorter – in each case depending on the exterior conditions.

The new Audi R8 V10 quattro is equipped with factory-installed 19-inch wheels. For the standard-fit steel discs Audi supplies red as opposed to black painted calipers as an option.

Design – sharper and tauter

The improved design of the new R8 models also stands out. The singleframe radiator grille has wider and flatter lines. Thick bars divide up the large air inlets, and flat slits in the hood are reminiscent of the Audi Sport quattro brand icon. The new front splitter is now wider, underscoring the focused look. The air vent grille runs across the full width; the diffuser has been drawn upward, making the R8 seem even wider. In the engine compartment the air filter is situated under a new, three-part cover, which is available in a choice of plastic or carbon fibre.

R8 customers can choose from three exterior packages depending on the engine variant; these packages add various highlights to the front splitter, the side trims and the diffuser. Standard specification for the R8 V10 quattro with 570PS is high-gloss black; the top-of-the-line version R8 V10 performance quattro with 620PS comes off the production line with a matt titanium look. High-gloss carbon styling will also be available on the performance variant.

The new look also includes the Audi R8 interior with its driver focus and new colour and stitching options. The Audi exclusive range gives customers the opportunity to customise many details of their Audi R8 – inside and out.

The new Audi R8 will open for order, during the first quarter of 2019, through the Audi configurator and in Audi Centres.