The Audi R8 is a classified as a 2-seat sports car and has been designed with Audi’s Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, introduced by Audi AG in 2006. The R8 was designed, developed, and manufactured by Quattro GmbH, a high performance private subsidiary company of Audi AG. This vehicle uses the Lamborghini Gallardo platform and its overall construction is based on the Audi Space Frame, using aluminum monocoque. Manufacturing of this vehicle took place in Neckarsulm, Germany, at Audi’s newly renovated aluminum site. It was originally announced in 2005 that the Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2008. This sports car is based on the Audi Le Mans Quattro concept car, which was designed by Frank Lamberty as well as Julian Hoenig.
Initially, the Audi R8 came with a 4.2 liter V8 engine with an all-aluminum alloy 32-valve petrol design, utilizing Fuel Stratified Injection or FSI with a displacement of 4,163 cubic centimeters. This engine is capable of a motive power output of 420 metric horsepower or 414 bhp and can generate up to 430 newton meters or 317 pound-feet of torque. This engine is extremely similar to that of the Audi B7 RS4, except the fact that it has been modified to use a dry sump lubrication system.
The R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI Quattro was introduced in 2011 with a powerful new V8 engine which is capable of 434 PS or 428 bhp as well as 317 pound-feet of torque. This vehicle can go from 0-62 mph in just 4.8 seconds and is able to reach a top speed of 185 mph. The engine in this car is available with Audi’s R tronic sequential manual gearbox. Similar to the V10 model of this vehicle, the V8 Spyder uses an aluminum spaceframe with carbon composites as well as an automatic retractable folding cloth roof.
The R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI Quattro was first introduced to the public in 2008 and features a 5.2 liter FSI engine which was also used in the Lamborghini Gallardo, which itself is based on the 5.2 FSI V10 that is used in the Audi C6 S6 as well as the Audi D3 S8. This new engine was re-turned for a total power output of 532 metric horsepower or 525 bhp and is capable of generating up to 530 newton meters or 391 pound-feet of torque. The R8 V10’s performance is significantly improved from the V8 variant.
The Audi R8 Limited Edition which released onto the Chinese market in 2012 with a total of 30 units produced, and it is a limited version of the R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI Quattro. This vehicle has a Nordic gold body color as well as front and rear air intakes/outlets, front and rear slats, 19” wheels in 5-twin spoke “Y” design in titanium style, fixed rear wing, sideblades, front spoiler, and an aluminum gear knob with limited edition number from 1-99 without the numbers 4, 14, and 24.
There was also a police car that was based on the ABT R8 GTR vehicle and is a modified version of the Audi R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI Quattro. This vehicle’s engine has an increased power output of 620 PS or 612 bhp, 406 pound-feet of torque, 19” wheels, ceramic brake pads, stainless steel sport exhaust system, ABT damper, ABT sports suspension, roll-over bar, 4- point harness system, and a stainless steel belt clip. All in all, the R8 is an extremely impressive vehicle with a variety of features that have skyrocketed its popularity, helping to raise Audi’s profile as a premium carmaker even further.