June 16, 2015: Audi will soon be equipping the new R8 sportscar with a race inspired steering wheel. This will feature details on the steering and driver display inspired from R18 e-tron Quattro race car prototype. The race inspired steering on the R8 V10 plus now has 20 controls on it, which includes four new satellite buttons. Do not be alarmed as the LMP1 race car, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, has nearly 33 buttons on it. Both these track-bred machines, gear shifts are done through the steering and colour indicators let the driver know when the engine is nearing the red line. Key driving dynamic parameters can be set via control buttons on the steering wheel. In both the production sports car and the race car, information – such as tire pressure and lap times – appears on a digital display.
|Variants||Ex-Showroom Price||Select to Compare|
| 4.2 FSI quattro
4163 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 8.06 kmpl
| 5.2 FSI
5204 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 7.63 kmpl
5204 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 7.51 kmpl
| V10 Plus
5204 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 7.75 kmpl
| V10 Coupe
5204 cc, Automatic, Petrol, 7.63 kmpl
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|4.2 FSI quattro||Petrol||Automatic||4163cc
||5.03||8.06||423.76bhp @ 7900rpm|
||4.31||7.63||517.6bhp @ 8000rpm|
||4.2||7.51||517.6bhp @ 8000rpm|
||4.32||7.75||541.7bhp @ 8000rpm|
||4.63||7.63||517.6bhp @ 8000rpm|
Audi R8 is a highly acclaimed sports car developed by the German luxury car maker, which is doing quite well in the Indian car bazaar. This vehicle is currently available in two different versions, which are a coupe and an convertible. At present, this vehicle is available in four trim levels namely V8 Coupe, V10 Coupe, V10 Spyder and V10 Plus. Its V8 Coupe is armed with an advanced 4.2-litre mill, which is capable of producing a maximum power of 423.7bhp along with a torque of 430Nm. While the remaining variants come with a powerful 5.2-litre drive-train, which is mated with a 7-speed S Tronic automatic transmission gearbox. This vehicle has a sophisticated 'Space Frame' body featuring enclosed aluminum profiles and multi-functional castings, which contributes towards lowering its energy consumption and improving the drive efficiency. It is also stronger than any conventional steel body design, which offers a maximized protection to the occupants inside. This sports car also employs the LED lighting technology, which consumes half the power as compared to the conventional bulbs. This vehicle has a sophisticated external appearance featuring distinctively designed cosmetics all over. It has an aggressive front facade featuring company's Singleframe grille that has a thin chrome surround. However, the trademark four rings are embedded on the bonnet, which adds to its distinctive appeal. As far as its interiors are concerned, this vehicle has a sporty looking cabin, which is done up with high gloss black color scheme. There are a lot of aluminum inserts given inside the cabin, especially on AC controls, steering spokes, window controls and rotary light switches. It also has door sill in aluminum finish, which is complimented by model logo. However, buyers can personalize the interiors with different color schemes and variety of leather upholstery. This vehicle is furnished with two individual seats, which are electrically adjustable and has lumbar support as well. The automaker has incorporated several advanced comfort functions inside the cabin like hill hold assist, cruise control and an driver information system including a color display. On the other hand, this model series is also available with a slew of sophisticated features as option, which includes Bang and Olufsen Sound system, CD changer and Parking System Plus with reversing camera. On the other hand, it is also bestowed with a few crucial safety functions including anti-theft wheel bolts, full size airbags and an anti-theft alarm with tow-away protection. This vehicle is placed in the high end luxury sports car segment, where it is competing with the likes of Jaguar F-type, Mercedes Benz SLK class and Porsche 911 in the Indian automobile market.
This model series is currently available in two different versions namely a convertible and coupe, which shares the same body shell. However, both these versions look slightly different as convertible version does not have a hard top and side blades like its coupe model. Apart from these two, the remaining exterior aspects like its headlight cluster, radiator grille and bumpers looks identical to each other. This model series has a radiant front profile thanks to the headlight cluster, which comes with all LED headlamps including daytime running lights. In the center, there is a large single frame radiator grille with horizontal and vertical strips, which are garnished in matte black. There are a pair of large air inlets, which supply sufficient air to cool down the drive-train as well as its front brakes. The bumper is also fitted with a black protective under-guard, which provides additional protection. The overall look of its front facade is complimented by the signature four-rings, which are embedded on the bonnet. The side profile has a distinctive design with well carved fenders and an perforated air inlet for engine cooling. Its wheel arches have been fitted with a set of stylish 19-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels, which adds to its elegance. However, its entry level trim is bestowed with a set of 18-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels. One can easily distinguish the difference between a coupe and convertible version, thanks to the side blades and hard top. The car maker has painted the ORVM caps and the side blades in non-body color with metallic finish, which further adds to its sporty appeal. The rear profile is as aggressive as its front facade thanks to the large air vents and round shaped exhaust pipes. It also has a wide taillight cluster featuring LED brake lights and turn indicators, which dazzles the rear profile. The overall look of this vehicle is complimented by the hallmark company's rings, which are embedded on to the boot.
This series has a total length of 4440mm and a long wheelbase of 2650mm. The V8 coupe and V10 Spyder trims have a same width of 1904mm, whereas the V10 Coupe measures at 1929mm. On the other hand, all the coupe versions have a height of 1252mm, while the Spyder has a total height of just 1244mm.
Editor's Take : The interior styling of the R8 is pretty sport, with top-notch interiors and high-end leather. The seats are bucket and only two of them are there as it has mid-engine.
This model series has an ample cabin space that can host seating for two passengers only. It has a driver oriented interior design with several control functions are located well within reach. Its cockpit is furnished with sport seats, which have excellent back, thigh and lumbar support. These are electrically adjustable featuring memory setting and are covered with premium leather upholstery. The car maker is offering its entry level with Alcantara leather upholstery, whereas the remaining trims have been bestowed with premium Fine Nappa leather upholstery. The dashboard has an ultra-modern structure featuring several storage spaces and advanced equipment. It also has a three spoke flat bottomed steering wheel that is decorated with aluminum inserts and mounted with multifunctional switches. It also has a central floor console, which houses a gearbox, stowage compartment and ergonomically positioned control switches. Its cabin can be personalized with either a single tone or dual tone color scheme as per the choice of customers. There are a lot of aluminum inserts given inside the cabin, especially on steering wheel, parking lever tip, pedals and inside door handles. This vehicle is also has a decent luggage compartment just behind the seats. The car maker is also offering a luggage set as optional, which includes suitcase, clothes bag and a briefcase. These are designed with exclusive leather to match according to the interior color scheme. There are several utility features provided inside the cabin like storage spaces, inside rear view mirror, accessory power socket and cabin lights.
This model series is currently available in four trim levels but all the of them come with same set of comfort facilities. It has an advanced automatic air conditioner in special look that has sunlight dependent control and electronic regulation of air temperature, air flow rate and distribution. It also has a lockable storage compartment with light, glovebox unit and sun glass holder. Apart from these, there are advanced features like electrically adjustable seats with 4-way lumbar support, 3-spoke leather wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, power windows with one touch operation, an ashtray, cigarette lighter and 12V accessory power socket. This model series also have aspects like hill hold assist, parking aid plus with reversing camera and a cruise control, which provides excellent aid to the driver. Its dashboard comes with an advanced driver information system featuring high resolution screen, which displays vehicle speed, auto-check-control, radio frequency, outside temperature, trip computer, lap timer and door open indicator. In addition to these, this sports car also has power steering, central locking, electrically adjustable outside mirrors, automatic dimming of interior mirror and windscreen cleaning system. On the other hand, the car maker is offering a few optional features like parking system plus with reverse camera and exclusive floor mats.
This is a two seater vehicle, which has ample leg and shoulder space inside. It has a total head space of 975mm along with a decent shoulder room of 1470mm, which is quite good. However, its convertible version has total head space of 970mm. On the other hand, it has a decent boot compartment along with a large fuel tank that has a storage capacity of 75 litres, which is good.
Editor's Take : The acceleration produced by the V10 is capable to push you back into the seat and create a bellow in your chest.
All the versions in this series are perkier in terms of acceleration and pickup, thanks to the sophisticated seven speed S tronic automatic transmission gearbox. The top end V10 Plus can achieve a top speed mark of 319 Kmph, while breaching the 100 Kmph barrier in mere 3.5 seconds. The entry level V8 coupe can accelerate from 0 to 100 Kmph speed mark in just 4.3 seconds and can go up to a top speed of 300 Kmph. The mid range V10 Coupe and Spyder can break the 100 Kmph mark from a standstill in 3.6 seconds and 3.8 seconds respectively. They can achieve a top speed in the range of 311 Kmpl to 314 kmph, which is rather good.
Editor's Take : The performance of these engines is astounding and there is loads of power that is always available on the tap of your right foot.
This model series is currently available with two engine options for the buyers to choose from. The entry level trim has a 4.2-litre petrol motor that has direct fuel injection technology. It comprises of eight cylinders and 32-valves, which displaces 4163cc. This power plant has the ability to churn out a maximum power of 423.7bhp at 7900rpm along with a commanding torque output of 430Nm in the range of 4500 to 6000rpm. While the remaining versions have been made with a 5.2-litre, V-type petrol mill that has 10 cylinders and 40-valves. It also has the same direct fuel injection technology like the V8 mill. However, it can unleash a maximum power of 517.6bhp at 8000rpm in combination with a mammoth torque output of 530Nm at just 6500rpm. This mill in the top end V10 Plus has the ability to pump out 541.7bhp and a hammering torque output of 540Nm, which is rather remarkable. The car maker has pared both these power-plants with a sophisticated eight speed automatic transmission gearbox, which torque output to all four wheels with the help of quattro's permanent AWD technology.
Editor's Take : A person buying the Audi R8 will be the last person to be concerned about the fuel efficiency, still for readers, it gets about 3-5km/l depending on the engine variant and the type of driving.
Its entry level V8 Coupe comes with a 4.2-litre petrol mill that has direct fuel injection. This power plant has the ability to produce a maximum mileage of 8.06 Kmpl. While the remaining variants come with the same 5.2-litre petrol drive-train under the hood. However, its V10 Coupe can deliver 7.63 Kmpl, whereas the V10 Plus can give away 7.75 Kmpl. On the other hand, its convertible version has the ability to return 7.51 Kmpl.
Editor's Take : The power produced by the Audi R8 is phenomenal, especially the 5.2-litre V10. This produces 520bhp of power, while the newly launched V10 Plus produces 550bhp of power.
This model series is available with two petrol engine options for the buyers to choose from. The entry level trim powered by V8 drive-train has the ability to produce 423.7bhp and yields a commanding torque of 430Nm. While the V10 Spyder and Coupe versions have been fitted with a powerful 10-cylindered power-plant. It can churn out a maximum power of 517.6bhp and yields a torque of 530Nm. On the other hand, its V10 Plus comes with a slightly powerful 5204cc mill, which can unleash a power of 541.7bhp in combination with a pounding torque output of 540Nm.
Editor's Take : The R8 comes loaded with several features that you will find in supercar, like high end music system with touch screen, navigation, etc.
The car maker has blessed the V8 Coupe with an sound system including a concert radio and Bluetooth interface. It also has a single CD player with MP3 playback, a 6.5-inch TFT color screen and two memory card slots. Furthermore, it also has AUX-In socket and a total of seven speakers with five channel amplifier. While the remaining trims have been bestowed with a sophisticated Bang and Olufsen surround sound system that has a total of 12-speakers, a woofer and a tweeter that delivers high definition sound output. Apart from these, individual can customize the interiors with several styling features, which are provided by the company as option. While the exteriors are already attractive with sporty cosmetics, but can be decorated with stylish body graphics to give a motor-sport inspired look.
Editor's Take : The R8 being based on the Gallardo is agile when it comes to handling. Drive it on the track or on the road, and you will be comfort to push to without any difficulty.
The car maker has fitted the front wheels with a set of wave brake discs featuring 8-piston brake calipers. While the rear ones are equipped with high performance ventilated disc brakes, which are loaded with 4-piston calipers. This mechanism is assisted by the anti lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution and hydraulic brake assist system. Furthermore, it also has anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock and electronic stabilization control, which reduces the loss of traction and improves the agility of this sports car. This vehicle is also bestowed with an advanced sport suspension featuring dynamically tuned springs and shock absorbers, which helps to keep the vehicle stable on roads.
Editor's Take : The safety features on the R8 are the airbags, aluminium spaceframe, ABS with EBD and ESP.
This model series comes with a slew of sophisticated safety facilities, which ensures maximized protection to the vehicle and to its passengers as well. The list includes four airbags, side impact protection beams, integrated head restraint system and automatic 3-point belts with force limiter and belt tensioner. It also has a sophisticated roll-over protection system, which automatically activates the protective system behind the head restraints. In addition to these, there are several other functions given inside the cabin like first aid kit with warning triangle, seat belt reminder, ABS with EBD, electronic stabilization control and other traction control programs.
The entry level version is available with a set of stylish 18-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels. Its front rims are covered with 235/40 R18 sized tyres, whereas the rear ones are covered with 285/35 R18 sized tubeless radial tyres. The remaining trims have been blessed with a set of stylish 19-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels. Its rear rims are covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 295/30 R19, while the front one are covered with 235/35 R19 sized radial tyres.
1. Quattro technology offers excellent driving experience.
2. Acceleration and pickup of V10 Plus trim is remarkable.
3. Interior design is rather impressive.
4. External appearance with LED lighting adds to its advantage.
5. Safety measurements are at par with other competitors.
1. Many more comfort facilities can be given as standard.
2. Seating arrangement is available only for two passengers.
3. Low ground clearance is a big drawback.
4. Price range is far expensive than its other competitors.
5. V8 Coupe can be offered with the Bang and Olufsen audio unit.
|4.2 FSI quattro |
|5.2 FSI |
|V10 Plus |
|V10 Coupe |