The new generation of the Audi R8 borrows heavily from the Audi R8 Le Mans, which recently won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. In fact, nearly 50 percent of all the parts used on the R8 LMS can be found in this R8.
The body of the new Audi R8 Spyder V10 is .6 inches shorter than the outgoing model, as well as 1.4 inches wider. The new Audi space frame uses aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced polymer to create a body with 50 percent more torsional rigidity than its predecessor.
The 5.2 liter V10 has been tuned to produce 540 naturally aspirate horsepower, and benefits from both direct injection in the combustion chamers and fuel injection into the induction manifold. Fuel efficiency has increased by 10% thanks to cylinder on demand and Freewheeling Mode, where the car coasts without engine power at speeds over 34 mph whenever there is no pressure on the accelerator.
Spectacular design and breathtaking dynamism, combined with the allure of open-top driving – Audi presents the new Audi R8 Spyder* at the New York International Auto Show 2016 from March 23 to April 3. Its V10 naturally aspirated engine supplies 397 kW (540 hp) and 540 Nm (398.3 lb-ft) of torque.
The new open-roof high-performance sports car opens another chapter in the Audi R8 success story. It all started in 2007 with the market introduction of the first-generation Coupé, followed by the Spyder in 2010. Sales of both versions combined reached nearly 27,000. They demonstrate the high-tech expertise of Audi and the brand’s affinity with motorsport.
The brand restates this with the second R8 generation – its engineers developed the new Audi R8 Le Mans, a GT3 racing car, in parallel with the production models. As a result, almost 50 percent of all the parts used on the R8 LMS are also to be found in the R8. The success of the new Coupé is confirmed by prestigious awards bestowed on it last year, such as the “Golden Steering Wheel” and the “Auto Trophy”.
“Our new R8 line is the sporty vanguard of Audi,” remarked Board Member for Development Dr.-Ing. Stefan Knirsch. “Following on from the Coupé, we are now bringing out the second generation of the R8 Spyder. The open high-performance sports car delivers thrillingly captivating performance and gives the driver an even more direct experience of the V10 naturally aspirated engine’s unmistakable sound.”