Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Audi R8 : Features | Price | Specifications | Pictures | Latest News | India
The Audi R8 (Typ 42) is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car, which uses Audi's trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It was introduced by the German automaker Audi AG in 2006.
The car was exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG's high performance private subsidiary company, quattro GmbH, and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame, and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car is built by quattro GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi's 'aluminium site' at Neckarsulm in Germany.
In 2005, Audi announced that the name of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2007, the Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car (designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig), appearing at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show, and 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 development program began in 2004, Lamberty's design being approved and frozen for production. Production body prototypes began field testing in January 2006.
The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006.
There was some confusion with the name, which the car shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R8 Le Mans Prototype(LMP). 6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as "the best handling road car today"
February 5, 2014: Audi has unwrapped its Audi R8 V10 Spyder at the Auto Expo 2014. The powerful Spyder has a convertible roof and gets the 5.2 L V10 powertrain that produces a peak power of 525bhp and peak torque of 530Nm. The engine of the robust Spyder comes mated to a 7 speed S-tronic dual clutch transmission and has the capability to clock 0-100 kmph in just 3.8 seconds. The exteriors of this car carry premium headlights with LED day-time running lights, iconic Audi grille, curvy hood with company’s badge at the centre, aluminium bordered front windshield, blackened alloy wheels, air-dams at the rear wheel bulge and more.