New rear-wheel drive Audi R8 in the pipeline
They were powered by the same 5.2-litre V10 as used in the quattro, with outputs of 397kW and 540Nm. Performance figures were quoted at 0-100km/h in 3.7 and 3.8-seconds for the Coupe and Spyder respectively, around 0.2 seconds slower than the grippier quattro derivatives.
The updated R8 will feature a restyled front and rear design with a wider grille, new intakes, and large oval exhausts.
This will be the last chance that sports car purists have to buy a petrol-powered R8, as the next-generation car, expected to go on sale in 2022, will be moved along by an electric motor.
The electric R8 is likely to take inspiration from the all new PB18 e-tron concept launched earlier in 2018. It will be fast, with expectations of a near 290km/h top speed and a 0-100km/h sprint in about two seconds, but the charismatic wail of the V10 will be gone. – BD Motor News