New Audi R8! The second generation of this car was revealed a few days ago. This Model has never been my favourite car in terms of technology and design. However things have changed a bit with the new one which offers an improved design (less annoying), better engine options and more technology. So what is new with the new R8?
Audi used “Audi Space Frame” (ASF) for the new R8. This means the new model is made from aluminium alloy and has managed to lose 50kg from the previous generation, reaching a very competitive level of 1.4-tonnes. That’s really good but still not as light as a Ferrari!
Engine options are only 5.2 FSI V10 with two different levels of outputs, 540 HP (R8 V10) and 610 HP (R8 V10 Plus). Honestly, I don’t get the point of offering a lower powered R8. I assume most of the customers will go for the 610 HP; why would you buy a sports car with a lower engine output? The new R8 610 HP version accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 330 km/h.
The Quattro system has been totally changed. It is now capable of transferring the power from rear to front axle up to 100%. And during normal driving conditions, the power is completely delivered to the rear-wheels. Also, a differential lock is present at the rear axle to increase the driving experience.
One of the most exciting features of the new model is the optional laser headlights. The standard headlights are full LED beams, however if you pay extra you will be able to get laser highlights that are capable of illuminating up to 600-metres with the daylight kelvin level (5500 Kelvin).
Lastly, we will find the same 12.3-inch digital instrument panel on the R8 that is already available with the Audi TT and VW Passat. The digital instrument panel kills the essence of analog but will provide more information and the navigation becomes easier to control.
Basically, the second generation R8 is a really good car. If you didn’t like the first generation, this car could well change your mind. However, it is still not a Porsche 911 or a McLaren!