The Audi R8 has since grown on me from its release back in 2007. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the styling, too conservative. Now in 2015 its beautiful! Its body is sleek, it has an aggressive front end, and a rear that resembles that of a Lamborghini. Its safe to say 2016 is the best looking year of the Audi R8.
Power train wise, it’s stronger than ever, offering only V-10 trims in the new model. The base trim will be pumping out 540 hp, nearly as much as the outgoing models V-10 Plus trim (that’s is undeniably awesome). That means the V-10 Plus trim for the 2016 model will have 610 hp! Now the real oddity, they are both naturally aspirated. Nowadays super cars will be seen rocking some sort of forced induction; good on Audi, keeping engines how they should be. Cylinder deactivation and a new injection system will be found on the R8, giving it a lower fuel consumption rating. For a manual, it might be goodbye, at least at the cars launch. This is a sad thought, few cars now have a manual installed. What has the world come to? Lack of a stick though means this car will launch from 0-62 in 3.5 seconds for the base V-10 and 3.2 for the V-10 Plus. Damn, that’s fast. Quattro technologies will be applied to the Audi once again but with an intriguing new twist; 100 percent of the power will go to the back wheels when driving under normal conditions.
Along with the release of the new R8, they are making a robot edition (basically). The R8 e-tron is coming to the market to enslave your people. This car is seriously cool and is on par with the new Tesla power house, the Tesla Model S 85D. With a 0-60 time of 3.9, it sits pretty in between the S 85D and the S. Complimenting some serious speed is a respectable range of 279 miles out of a lithium-ion battery.
Lets get pumped for these naturally aspirated power houses and start throwing down some orders!