The Audi R8 supercar has been around since 2007, and though it has been Audi’s fastest supercar it is now ready for a makeover. Following a latest influx of supercar models from McLaren, Porsche, and Mercedes, the German automaker figured it was high time for something new – radically new The 2018 Audi R8 delivers in spades with its restyled performance-oriented styling as well as updated cabin and powertrain, which has so far offered petrol powered and all-electric trims, and the odds are we will also get a diesel R8.
The second-generation R8 rides on the so-called Modular Sport System platform that includes plenty of lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber parts, which brought about a welcome reduction in weight – of up to 110 pounds In addition, the race suited interior with is more driver-friendly that in the first generation. The only disadvantage is an over $100,000 price tag, but you can’t have it all, right?
Exterior and Interior
The thoroughly reworked 2018 Audi R8 offers a more angular lines than the previous version with changes visible on the air intakes and side skirts as well as the taillights. The honeycomb mesh grille is flanked by headlamps, which come with optional laser beam lights in Europe. The air vents lost the smoothed-outline and have shrunk somewhat. The taillights offer new graphics and honeycomb mesh grille right below for the centrally mounted engine.
The new more edgy side skirts connect front to back and combined with refashioned side vents enhance the overall athletic look. The new platform comes with fractionally wider and lower dimensions, plus it slightly shorter, which adds a bit of attitude to the model. The new 19-inch wheels are standard and 20-inch wheels are optional and both come with model-specific tires.
The interior looks sporty and elegant offering a new restyled instrument cluster with new graphics, as well as a new, center display mounted right behind the updated flat bottom wheel with control buttons mounted on it to select driving modes, among which are Dynamic, Performance and Comfort.
The 2018 Audi R8 is outfitted with updated 5.2-liter V10, which is now also offered in V10 Plus as well as all-electric model. The base level V10 delivers 540 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, while the V10 Plus generates 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The 0 to 62 mph dash is made in 3.5 and 3.2 seconds, respectively. The model is an all-wheel drive and comes with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
2018 Audi R8 Price and Release Date
The 2018 Audi R8 goes on sale sometime in 2017. The pricing will begin from $162,900, and for V10 Plus Exclusive Edition this year model is $230,450 according to motor authority, so we can expect that new model will be max difference around $2000.
March 3, 2017