The Audi R8 – a technological masterpiece

Meet the fastest, most powerful production Audi ever created – the all-new Audi R8. At the New York International Auto Show, the Audi R8 has been awarded with the top honour of ‘2016 World Performance Car’. The all-new model has followed in its predecessor’s footsteps, which won two prestigious World Performance Car awards and a World Car Design of the Year award.

The sensational second-generation R8 was presented with a total of four awards, making it the most successful model in the entire history of the World Car Awards. An international jury of 73 leading automotive journalists chose to make this sublime supercar a winner on the road as well as on the track. Deliveries have just begun in the UK, with owners now able to experience ‘the state-of-the-art benchmark for Vorsprung durch Technik’.

With V10 and V10 plus options, offering 533 or 602bhp respectively from the 5.2-litre petrol engine, utilise the quattro® permanent all-wheel drive and 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission to reach 0 – 62mph in a lightning 3.5 or blistering 3.2 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 198mph in the V10 or 205mph in the V10 plus.

Find exquisite ergonomics, supreme quality and advanced technology and connectivity all in a supercar package – the R8 makes for an impeccable halo model, highlighting Audi’s abilities in the automotive arena, stretching beyond the realms of company vehicles and the usual everyday transportation solutions.

The technological masterpiece that is the Audi R8 V10 seduces anyone who dares get behind the wheel, plus the distinctive, alluring purr of the engine - which can be enhanced by the optional sports exhaust system - turns heads wherever the sound ripples through.

The second-generation work of art benefits from sharper lines, all-LED headlamps and rear indicators with sweeping function as well as 19-inch alloy wheels, but it’s in the state-of-the-art cabin where the magic has really happened – the 12.3-inch digital Audi virtual cockpit display transforms the interior, complemented by the multifunction sports steering wheel – and the whole instrument panel signals required paddle gear shifts by changing colour. The V10 plus also boasts sculpted bucket seats, an upgraded exhaust system, a fixed carbon-fibre rear wing and carbon-fibre style exterior details.

Thanks to the Audi stop-start system and cylinder-on-demand technology, the R8 boasts efficiency and economy that you may not expect, with the V10 achieving up to 24.8mpg and 272g/km CO2, plus find ultimate comfort with leather upholstery and trim, heated electric sports seats and climate control. Additionally, benefit from front and rear parking sensors, a retractable rear spoiler for added dynamism, plus a multimedia interface with navigation to keep you entertained and on-track – add to that a standard-fitment on-board Wi-Fi hotspot for constant connectivity. 

The Audi Driver Select system, with comfort, auto, dynamic and individual modes, adjusts the engine, steering, transmission and all-wheel drive system to offer specific characteristics suited to the driving style chosen. The fifth option of ‘performance’ can be added to the V10 but comes as part and parcel of the V10 plus, and it even features its own button. Dry, wet and snow settings can also be selected to provide the R8 with optimum traction.

Katie Purcell, Product Marketing Manager for the Audi R8, commented on the innovative vehicle, saying: ‘The whole car is driver-focused and it is head and shoulders dynamically ahead of any other Audi road car that we’ve ever been able to deliver. This means acceleration, power, pace and nimbleness. This car is going to be really rewarding for the most demanding of drivers.’

Every detail of this expertly-crafted supercar has been considered, each contributing to a truly supreme ride, letting the driver focus on the road ahead while still completely able to control the R8’s many advanced functions. To experience this award-winning masterpiece for yourself, contact Jardine Motors Audi to arrange a test drive today.