The new Audi R8 has been revealed ahead of its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with a new look and only V10 engine options with 533bhp or 602bhp.
The first official photos and details of the new Audi R8 are revealed ahead of its public debut next week in Geneva, with a complete overhaul and just a V10 engine option.
Cosmetically, the 2015 R8 is pretty much what you’d expect, with evolutionary styling comprising a new nose with redesigned bumper, titivated grill, a bit more sculpting down the flanks, a new diffuser at the back and new exhausts with squared-off tailpipes. There’s also a retractable rear spoiler (with a fixed one for the V10 Plus model).
Under the skin, the new R8 gets a chassis shared with the Lamborghini Huracan – which is 40 per cent stiffer than before – and liberal use of aluminium and CFRP to cut weight, and carbon ceramic brakes (on the V10 Plus).
Power comes only from the V10 engine – no more V8, at least for now – with the standard R8 getting 553bhp and the V10 Plus model 602bhp. That means the standard R8 is good for a 0-62mph sprint in 3.5 seconds and the Plus in 3.2 seconds, with official economy at 23.9mpg and 22.7mpg respectively.
The interior of the new R8 takes cues from the ‘Virtual Cockpit’ of the new TT, with a 12.3″ TFT screen replacing the instruments, with a clean look with few buttons beyond those to access the HVAC and TFT screen.
Upholstery is either leather or Alcantara, there are smatterings of carbon fibre and newly developed bucket seats. It’s convincing, if not exactly Ferrari good.
The new Audi R8 will debut at Geneva next week and is expected to go on sale in Audi’s UK dealers in summer 2015.
No UK prices have been revealed yet, but we’ll update here as soon as we know.