February 3, 2016: German carmaker has launched New Audi R8 with a price tag of INR 2.47 Crores at the ongoing Auto Expo 2016. The model was first introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. New elements include a digital 12.3-inch Audi Virtual cockpit system with customisation options on the screen. Overall designing and the dimensions remain identical to its predecessor. The vehicle is powered by a 5.2L V10 motor with two engine specifications, delivering 610bhp and 540bhp of output separately. Audi R8 has a top speed of 330kmph and it breaks the 0-100kmph mark in just 3.2 seconds. Using a 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox, the engine sends power to all the four wheels via Quattro AWD system. Audi R8 shares 50% of its parts with R8 LMS and competes with the likes of Mercedes-AMG GT, McLaren 570S and Porsche 911.
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Audi had propelled itself to a whole new stage with this daring new release. The R8 sits among the top legion of sports cars, rivalling high-wired machines such as Maserati and Ferrari. The vehicle has some of the most brazen features imaginable, from a mouth-watering exterior profile to the most intense performance capacity. And just when you thought that it couldn't get any better, a new version of the model is released. The recently launched V10 Plus is the sole variant of the model series here in India, and we're here to plunge into it to chart out its strengths and weaknesses.
1. Visionary exterior format, sure to have every car lover's attention.
2. Here's a car whose handling you'd love, despite its death-defying speed capacities.
1. The cabin is deprived of space.
2. Lack of luxury and comfort facilities is sure to get many customers dismayed.
1. Its performance makes it one of the world's most powerful super-cars, and this is sure to bring it some good votes.
2. The cabin and seating arrangement ensure that you're kept in a comfortable, pleasant air throughout.
The R8 is one of the rare super-cars that effectively blend style and performance. When you take a look at the machine from the outside, you feel a majestic aura emanate from the soothing lines, the hawk-like stance and the opulent design elements. Its outfit has been sculpted with an eye on agility and speed, and this adds to the exterior splendour. The new version comes with some minor, noticeable changes to the cosmetics, including curved contours and a strong shoulder line that invigorate the side, along with a honey-comb pattern front grille along with LED headlamps. The race style cockpit keeps you in optimal comfort through the drive, while providing some strong entertainment features to keep you eased. The chassis and braking sections fortify its speed capacity, enabling a more balanced overall build. The recently rolled out new variant in the series, the V10 Plus, comes with some add-ons to the power and vision of the original version, and we're here to see
Here is a vehicle with an exterior cover that's nearly hypnotising. We've got to be frank with you, folks, the machine's looks place it in the same platform as models of Ferrari and Lamborghini. The sports-car realm has soaked in all of the finest design elements over years, but this model seems to have veered off the conventional, over-saturated path and tested new grounds with the body designing.
The vehicle does bear influences resonating from the mainstream sports models, but you can't deny it has its own unique spark that make it nearly jaw dropping. From the low, sharp front nose to the powerful rear, the machine has been shaped with a grace and elegance that make it almost seductive. The roofline gently streams over the cabin area, before angling in towards the bonnet and merging into it. That agile, powerful stance gives it a formidable air that few vehicles released on Indian roads have seen before.
The front face has been shaped with a predator-like vision, with the sharp headlamp clusters and the large front grille that drapes down towards the bottom of the skirt. Air openings hang on both corners of the skirts, giving the face a more harmonious outlook.
The bonnet slopes downwards with a flawless precision, and we thought that the strong curvatures mixed a feminine touch in the vehicle's masculine appeal. The gentle metallic skin of the front cloaks over the wheel arches by the side, giving them a more pronounced and muscular appearance.
As we stood by the side of the vehicle, we were taken by the low and sharp layout of the vehicle. The note of harmony in its design is clearly visible, and its agile, streamlined poise gives it a honed aerodynamic edge very rarely seen before. We thought that the single door format added to its athletic posture, while the large, black garnish at the rear makes for a more distinct impression.
The rear commands a more dynamic aura, with the more husky bearing and the air blades beneath the tail-lamps. The roof-line melts down towards the rear and shapes around a strong section, and we thought that the aesthetics of the design here were particularly good.
The slender tail-lamps are positioned atop the air blades, giving a wholesome, intact impression of the region. A short spoiler solidifies the vehicle's powerful impression.
When you take a look at the sporty double exhaust pipes situated on both corners of the rear bumper, you feel the car's thrilling image come full circle.
It's no secret that the cabin lacks space and splendour: It has been tailored solely for the purpose of a safe high speed drive. We did, however, enjoy some plush elements of design that helped to renew the atmosphere.
This new edition comes with some minor changes, including the bucket seats and a more attractive, uncluttered dashboard layout. Though the changes are not substantial, we thought that they did add some vitality to the air.
When you step into the cabin, you can clearly tell that this is a completely driver oriented cabin, and that pretty much everything else takes a back seat in the design. The all black interiors make for a charged aura, and we thought that it reflected the car's focussed, racy outlook.
AC vents sit by the corner of the dashboard. The new version comes with a 12.3-inch virtual screen that has buttons propped around it. At the base of the console, the metallic gear shifter makes adds a more sophisticated pulse to the atmosphere.
The steering wheel by the left of the dashboard inherits a classic, racing style design that really had us going. The hold of the wheel was perfect, and few people would deny the thrill of it.
Aligned ahead of the wheel, the instrument cluster houses a tachometer and a speedometer, and we thought the dial design was quite cool.
Meanwhile, the seats have an all new 'bucket' design. You can feel yourself wrapped in comfortably during the drive, so much so that the thrust of the high speed drive doesn't bother you much.
For this new edition, customers are given the choice between Alcantara, Pearl Nappa leather upholstery and fine Nappa leather upholstery to dress the seats. In addition to this, clear coated carbon fibre appliqués can also be added to enrich the space, and we're sure that most occupants would love such small touch-ups.
This is the facet that defines this vehicle. Its raw and electric performance capacity far outstrips most other vehicles on the road. For this version, there is no change with the engine and inner dynamics. Packed within it is a 5.2-litre V10 engine that displaces a mammoth 5204cc. Aside from this, it brings out a thundering power of 602bhp at 8250rpm.
Above the figures, it's the driving of the vehicle that would really get you crackling. A light touch on the gas pedal, and the vehicle zooms off to a powerful start. Acceleration and throttle response are amazing, and the swift sprinting capacity had us thrown back into our seats. As you cruise at higher speeds, you're sure to love the majestic sound of the V10 engine grinding. The engine power is transmitted through a highly efficient 7-speed S-tronic gearbox, which worked terrific in our opinion. The vehicle's speed capacity would send chills down an ordinary person's spine: It roars to a top speed of 330kmph, and spurts from 0 to 100kmph in just 3.2 seconds, the time taken for a few blinks of the eye.
Ride and Handling:
A vehicle of this might requires equally strong chassis and braking systems, and the company sees to this. The front wheels come with 8-piston brake callipers, while the rear wheels are equipped with 4-piston callipers. We thought that cornering, braking and stopping were a marvellous and strain free affair. With the massive speeds that the car takes to, however, you're likely to be thrown around slightly during swift cornering. The vehicle tackles road anomalies moderately, but one needs to note that it has been designed for high speed cruising on clean raceways, not bumbling over potholes and road bumps. Its advanced suspension arrangement includes dynamically tuned springs and shock absorbers, and this does help to ease the overall ride condition.
With a top speed of 330kmph and a acceleration rate of 3.2 seconds, the vehicle's most pivotal factor is its safety facilities. We were satisfied with the safety layout, although we did think it could have gone a notch or two up. Drive stability is reinforced with some sound aid programs, including the Anti-lock braking system, Electronic differential lock system, Anti slip regulation and Electronic stabilisation control. Aside from this, you're sure to have your fill of peace with an all encompassing airbag arrangement, an integrated head restraint system, seatbelts that come with a reminder for the front occupants and ISOFIX child seating anchors.
Here in India, the model is released with just one variant, the V10 Plus. We think this might spare a lot of hassle to buyers in terms of choosing which variant to go for. This trim comes with a slew of good features, including a reversing camera, a cruise control function, Audi exclusive floor mats, an Audi phone box, and a garage door opener. A Bang & Olufsen sound system brings you first class entertainment, and this comes along with 13-high performance loudspeakers and a 16 channel amplifier for the most engrossing experience possible.
This car here is a monster. It has been designed to break barriers on the road, and to raise the bar for your high speed experience. On the downside, however, it comes with a small and cramped cabin, its fuel economy could prove very expensive for you, and there are minimal comfort and entertainment facilities to ride with. And to top it all off, you have a whopping price to live with. At the end of the day, this is a one of a kind vehicle, and we'd say its suits a small niche of race enthusiastic people. For those looking for a normal vehicle that they could use in their daily lives, we'd recommend you to look elsewhere.
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