Audi has finally revealed the hotly anticipated second-generation R8 ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut. The first set of official images, including a peek inside the cabin for the first time, was released by the German automaker on Thursday. By systematically teasing the new version of their mid-engined sportscar, Audi has manage to create quite a buzz in the automotive world as we approach its official launch in Geneva. The 2016 R8 is based around an all-new Audi Space Frame chassis and is constructed of a higher proportion of aluminum and carbon fiber than its predecessor. This has resulted in a frame that weighs 15 percent less at just 441 pounds. Moreover, despite weighing less, it is 40 percent more torsionally rigid – tipping the scales at 3,205 lbs in top spec.
At the launch, the 2016 Audi R8 will only be available with a twin-clutch S tronic transmission and a V10 engine from the Lamborghini Huracan – with either 540 hp or 610 hp. The faster V10 Plus model covers 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds and hits 205mph flat-out. Audi has also equipped the new ten-cylinder engine with both direct and indirect injection, stop/start and cylinder deactivation systems to cut fuel consumption by 10 percent. It also boasts dry-sump lubrication and a variable exhaust system. It also features a revised Quattro all-wheel drive system that can send 100 percent of available torque to either the front or rear axle. There is double wishbone suspension all round, an aero-optimised underbody and electromechanical steering as standard – replacing the old hydraulic setup.
The cockpit of the second-generation Audi R8 is completely new as well. There’s now a fully digital ‘virtual cockpit’ similar to the new Audi TT, and the steering wheel is loaded with many buttons to control pretty much everything you need. The European pricing has been announced and start from €165,000 ($185,000 approximately) for the base V10, and €187,400 (close to $210,000) for the V10 Plus. That’s not all; Audi will also be showcasing the production version of the R8 E-Tron model in Geneva, boasting 456 hp and a range of more than 280 miles.