Geneva Motor Show 2015: Audi R8 {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

1 Apr 2015


Audi is set to take the fight to the Porsche 911 Turbo with their all-new R8 model, unveiled before the public debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show.

Despite it being the first model on sale with the previous generation, the new R8 will not be launched with a V8 engine option (sadly). At launch there will be two V10 engine options – both using a heavily reworked version of the old 5.2 litre V10 now featuring cylinder-on-demand tech to help with fuel economy.

The standard V10 produces 532 bhp and 398 lb/ft of torque, 15 bhp and 7 lb/ft more than the previous model. But the big news is the new V10 Plus model, which packs a Lamborghini Huracan-baiting 601 bhp and 413 lbft of torque. Both models have a new, faster-reacting 4wd quattro system and are at launch only available with the seven speed dual clutch gearbox. We really hope they introduce a manual gearbox option again though as the old R8 was quite unique in its offering.

With a 50-70 kg weight reduction depending on options, the performance obviously goes up a notch with the V10 Plus taking just 3.2 seconds to get to 62 mph on the way to its 205 mph top speed.

The styling is certainly more evolution than revolution, but there’s a linearity to Audi’s styling changes that gives a clear look across the ranges. The overall shape and styling is the same as the old model, but there are more angles and creases in line with the latest TT – up front there is a wide, shallow grille in the new hexagonal shape flanked by large intakes with vertical blades. At the side, the ‘ide blades’ remain but they now only extend down the body side, not up further, much like the old Convertible model.

At the rear the R8 is now a lot flatter, with longer rear lights sitting atop large mesh vents. A large functional diffuser sits in the centre of the rear bumper with trapezoidal exhaust pipes sitting either side. The V10 Plus also gets a large fixed wing in place of the regular V10’s pop-up spoiler.

We expect a smaller-engined variant to be launched later this year to go on sale in 2016, probably using the twin turbo 4.0 litre V8 found in the RS6 as the 4.2 V8 from the old R8 falls foul of tax regulations in the all-important Chinese market. Also coming is the R8 e-tron 2.0, a fully electric version with 456 bhp and 679 lb/ft of torque along with a range of 280 miles.

The R8 V10 and V10 Plus go on sale after the Geneva show, which is where pricing should be confirmed.