Audi R8

     The Audi R8 is a sports car with a longitudinally mounted mid-engine and uses Audi's 'trademark' quattro permanent 4-wheel drive system. It was introduced by the German automaker AUDI in 2006. The car was exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by AUDI's high performance private subsidiary company, quattro GmbH, and is similar to the Lamborghini Gallardo.
     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, appearing at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show, and 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. The Audi R8 is used as a safety car in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and British Superbike Championship racing series.

The V8 engine in the R8
     The Audi R8 was initially equipped with a 4.2 litre V8 internal combustion engine.

But, later AUDI unveiled the Audi R8 V10 on 9 December 2008. It uses a 5.2 litre FSI Internal Combustion Engine based on the unit in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 (which in turn was  based on the 5.2 FSI V10 as used in the Audi C6 S6 and Audi D3 S8).
The changes to the V10 version of the R8 include some aesthetic differences 
such as all LED headlights (a world-first), interior enhancements such as 
Bang & Olufsen 465 watt sound system, and a more aggressive body 
styling, larger rear brakes and unique rims.
Audi R8 with a V10 engine at the 2009 North American International Auto Show

Audi R8 Spyder

World premiere of Audi e-tron in Frankfurt in 2009

Audi R8 specifications editR8 engine models4.2 FSI V85.2 FSI V10[15]engine configurationV8 engine32v 2xDOHCV10 engine, 40v 2xDOHCengine displacement[3]4,163 cc (254.0 cu in)5,204 cc (317.6 cu in)Max. motive power
(Directive 80/1269/EEC)[3]309 kW (420 PS; 414 bhp) @ 7,800 rpm386 kW (525 PS; 518  bhp) @ 8,000 rpmmax. torque[3]430 N·m (317 ft·lbf) @ 4,500-6,000 rpm530 N·m (391 ft·lbf) @ 6,500 rpmkerb weight[3]1,560 kg (3,439 lb) (manual)
1,565 kg (3,450 lb) (R tronic)1,620 kg (3,571 lb) (Coupé, manual)
1,625 kg (3,583 lb) (Coupé, R tronic)0-60 
mph (96.6 km/h)4.4 sec[6]—0-100 km/h (62.1 mph)[3]4.6 sec[16]3.9 sec (Coupé)[17]0-100 mph (160.9 km/h)10.1 sec—0-200 km/h (124.3 mph)14.9 sec12 sec (R tronic)1/4 mile (~400 m)12.8 sec @ 113.2 mph (182.2 km/h)[6]—top speed301 km/h (187.0 mph)[3][6]317 km/h (197.0 mph) (Coupé)[3]lateral acceleration(300 feet (91.4 mskidpad)1.2 G[18]

Audi R8 LMS competing in the 2009Belgian GT Championship season

Audi R8 V10 was used in 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans race as a safety car. The car costs around £103,000 and goes from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, it's top speed is 197 miles per hour (317 kilometres per hour). It is powered by a Lamborghini 5.2 FSI V10 giving the Audi R8 518 bhp. When tested on Top Gear the Stig took it round the test track in 1 minute 21.6 seconds, faster than a Ferrari F430 (1.22.9) and the Corvette ZO6 (1.22.4). They said that the Audi R8 V10 was "a real driver's car" and that "its handling is epic"

Audi R8-09.jpg
Manufacturerquattro GmbH,
(a private subsidiary of AUDI AG)
Parent companyVolkswagen Group
Production2007–present,9,945 built in the end of 2008
PredecessorAudi Le Mans quattro (concept)Audi Quattro (road car)
ClassSports car
Body style(s)2-door coupé (2007)
2-door convertible (2009)
LayoutLongitudinal mid-engine,quattro permanent four-wheel drive
Engine(s)4.2 L FSI V8, 2xDOHC;
5.2 L FSI V10, 2xDOHC
Transmission(s)5-speed manual,
6-speed "R tronic" single-clutchsemi-automatic
Wheelbase2,650 mm (104.3 in)
LengthV8 Coupé: 4,431 mm (174.4 in),V10 Coupé: 4,435 mm (174.6 in),V10 Spyder: 4,434 mm (174.6 in)
WidthV8 Coupé & V10 Spyder:1,904 mm (75.0 in),V10 Coupé: 1,930 mm (76.0 in)
HeightV8 Coupé: 1,249 mm (49.2 in),V10 Coupé: 1,252 mm (49.3 in),V10 Spyder: 1,244 mm (49.0 in)
Kerb weightV8 Coupé: 1,560–1,565 kg(3,439–3,450 lb),V10 Coupé: 1,620–1,625 kg (3,571–3,583 lb),V10 Spyder: 1,720–1,725 kg (3,792–3,803 lb)
Fuel capacityCoupé: 90 L (19.8 imp gal; 23.8 US gal),Spyder: 80 L (17.6 imp gal; 21.1 US gal)
RelatedLamborghini Gallardo 


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