Tag: Audi R8
Audi vehicles are well-known for having cool headlights that not only look nice but are highly functional as well. That’s because Audi vehicles were one of the first to receive modern LED lights and they continue on that tradition by offering LED lights in most of their lineup. Now that LED lights are old technology and most automakers have caught up to this trend as well, Audi is going a step further and offering laser lights to the select few. This tech offers even better visibility and it looks cooler while doing it. There’s a lot to like about laser lights, but you’ll have to pick up the right vehicle in order to get your hands on it just yet.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus
If you are willing to spend $194,400 you can buy the Audi R8 V10 Plus supercar and get your hands on thee top-end laser lights without having to buy them as an addon. Sure they are going to be expensive, but there are enough benefits to the lights for them to be worth the investment for some people. If you would rather opt for the more affordable base Audi R8 V10, you can still add the laser lights on the vehicle as a special option.
Blacked out SuperCar
If you’re truly after a mean looking ride, you can enhance it further with the Black Optic Package. This is a premium addon that gives you a set of special Anthracite 20-inch wheels, side blades, exhaust tips and exterior trim that’s all in a deep black for a high quality look. It’s just the option for car enthusiasts looking for a more aggressive look overall.
Laser lights are just starting to catch on in America, but they’re a popular technology that can make a whole world of difference while driving around, not to mention that they look really cool as well.
There was a lot going on at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, but one of the most exciting new developments for Audi was the release of their improved upon R8 supercar. The car looks much the same with some minor exterior adjustments, but once you take it out onto the track the major performance improvements are easy to spot.
Lighter and Lower to the Ground
The R8 is now lighter and lower to the ground. It shed over 100 pounds thanks to more extensive use of heavy-duty aluminum in the frame and carbon fiber around the body. These two materials come together to shave off quite a bit of weight and make the body even more rigid than before as well. The latest body and frame are based on the Lamborghini Huracan that’s been modified for more space within. The new body shaves a bit of height off the roofline of the car while also putting it closer to the ground for a much sleeker look. The car’s also wider than before and should handle even better at high speeds than the old model did.
A Flexible Interior
Even though the new R8 is a supercar with performance numbers that are set in stone the interior is quite flexible and allows you to decide what features you prefer. For instance, if you like a classic look you can choose from more classic options. If you prefer the more modern approach there are very futuristic interior options that you can go with.
The All-New Virtual Cockpit
If you saw the Audi TT vehicle then you’re at least somewhat familiar with the virtual cockpit concept. The R8 is employing the same concept but doing so with more class and better tech. The vehicle provides a TFT display screen for the driver and a set of buttons at the underside of the steering wheel to manipulate that screen. The central screen isn’t present in the vehicle and it has a very streamlined look and functions smoothly.
The Same Engine with New Options Later
The R8 comes packed with the same 5.2 liter V10 engine used in the last model. It provides 540 HP, or you can choose to upsize your power with the V10 Plus engine that offers 610HP instead. Both of these engines rely on technology from last generation, but the future promises to bring newer and smaller engine options as well. Later on after the initial launch is over an all-electric version as well as several smaller options will surface for those interested in something different to choose.
No More Manual
If you have a love for manual transmissions like I do then you’ll be upset to hear that Audi has done away with the option in the new R8. Instead you only have the option to utilize the seven speed dual wet-clutch system. It’s supposed to be very smooth and very fast, but it won’t offer the same experience as a manual would. To make up for the lack of control over the transmission you get an enhanced control over vehicle handling instead with driver selective modes. You’ll have a set of performance modes to choose from and you can switch it between Performance or Dynamic to Comfort for a much different driving experience. Some of the lower performance modes make use of a feature known as “sailing” that decouples the driveline after the vehicle passes over the 34 MPH mark to save on fuel use by minimizing the power provided.
The all-new R8 may look virtually unchanged on the outside by all the performance tweaks made to the vehicle should result in a discernibly different road feel overall.
It’s been a few years since Audi and Lamborghini began working closely with one another, and that has resulted in a variety of technology crossover between the two brands. It looks like there will be quite a bit of crossover between the hybrid technology of the next Audi R8 and the Lamborghini Asterion as well.
Plug-in Hybrid Performance
The Lamborghini Asterion proved that a plug-in hybrid is a viable setup for a performance vehicle, and it looks like Audi is planning on adopting that technology in the next Audi R8. This should not only increase the level of power available to the vehicle, but also make it more efficient than before. Since the R8 and the Asterion are built on the same platform this configuration should work nicely. The only thing left to figure out is how much power this new version of the R8 will be packing, and for that information we’ll probably have to wait until it’s released in 2015.
Adopting the Asterion’s Powertrain
Lamborghini spent a lot of time and effort developing the 910 HP hybrid drivetrain for their Asterion only to announce that they wouldn’t even be using it. It’s possible that this technology will cross over to one of the version of the Audi R8 giving consumers a mega-performance car that would compete with the likes of the Porsche 918 Spyder and the LeFerrari.
In order to generate that level of power the Asterion utilizes three different electric motors as well as a standard 5.2 liter V10 engine.
Spreading Plug-in Hybrids throughout the Lineup
Audi has expressed interest in having a full plug-in hybrid lineup and with likely addition of the R8 plug-in next year it looks like a likely scenario. They already have the A3 e-tron and it sounds like that will be the first of many to enter Audi’s lineup in the future.
All Electric R8
On top of the hybrid supercar, Audi is going to be releasing another all-electric version of the R8. Improved technology gives this new car higher performance figures and a longer range making it far more impressive than the old version. The 2015 R8 E-tron is expected to have an impressive range of over 250 miles, making it a viable form of transportation even for long-distance trips.
No Manual Transmission
With the relese of the electric-powered lineup Audi R8 owners are going to lose the ability to choose a manual option. All of these hybrids and all-electric vehicles don’t favor manual setups and Audi is finally going to drop the option entirely, meaning that for the first time R8 owners will have to satisfy themselves with a dual-clutch automatic setup instead.
Watch as the Audi’s engineers and factory drivers review some of the highlights of the new R8 V10 plus. Due to Audi Ultra lightweight technology, the car handles effortlessly. The Audi R8 V10 with S-tronic completes the standard sprint in 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 197 mph. The ten-cylinder engine produces 550 horsepower and delivers 390.91 lb-ft of torque to the crankshaft at 6,500 rpm.
Sure we’d all like to have an Audi R8 as our daily driver, and for a select few, they can, but for the rest of us, who live in the world of kids, life, family budgets, etc., that doesn’t mean you can’t have a car that is brilliant to drive, in fact one that is a benchmark in the industry, a very high quality interior and has style above reproach. The all new Audi A4 and S4‘s are the cars for those of us who need four doors and trunks that can swallow a run to Costco, yet provide all the driving dynamics you want and expect from a German luxury sports sedan.
Come and see what the all new A4 and S4 are all about with Pacific Audi’s General Sales Manager Chris Prodromides.
Audi today announced that it is the recipient of two Car and Truck of the Year awards from Autobytel®, the company dedicated to helping consumers research and find the information they need to purchase new and used cars and connect to dealers online. Autobytel selected its 2012 Car and Truck of the Year Awards recipients based on innovation, originality and advancements. The 2012 Audi A7 was chosen as the Autobytel 2012 Luxury Car of the Year, while the 2012 Audi R8 Spyder was selected as the Autobytel 2012 Convertible of the Year.
The Audi A7 is the epitome of high style and artistry, with a five-door coupe design that is both sporty and elegant. The Audi A7 can also boast being the first car in the world to feature factory-installed Wi-Fi with Audi connect™ and navigation with 3-D Google Earth. From the groundbreaking MMI® touchpad and its gracefully integrated display screen, to the state-of-the-art head up display, the Audi A7 is the perfect marriage of progressive design and sophisticated engineering. The A7 also sets a high standard for performance, handling and efficiency with an all-aluminum Audi 3.0 liter TFSI® V6 engine, 310hp and 325 lb-ft. of torque.
The open top R8 Spyder is a favorite with both the public and experts alike. The high-performance sports car from Audi, the R8 Spyder is a high-tech work of art with the formidable power of its engine, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and its lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF) body made of aluminum. Good everyday practicality and perfect fit and finish typical of Audi complete the profile of this model athlete. With the standard hydraulic motor, the soft top opens and closes within 19 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h (31.07 mph). The R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI quattro features 430 hp, and the 5.2 FSI quattro features 525 hp.
For all you fans who have been waiting for the open-top version of the R8 GT coupe, your wait if finally over. Audi has released the R8 GT Spyder and you better get in line quick. Production is limited to 333 units and each car will come with a tag with its individual number on the gear level knob. This version of the high-performance sports car puts out 560 hp (412 kW) and thanks to Audi ultra technology, has managed to trim a full 187.39 lb (85 kg) from an already low weight. The Audi R8 GT Spyder accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 196.97 mph (317 km/h).
A key factor to its superior performance is its weight, or lack thereof. Thanks to Audi’s ultra lightweight technology, the R8 GT Spyder weighs just 3,615.58 lb (1,640 kg) which is 187.39 lb (85 kg) less than its technical basis, the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. The Audi Space Frame (ASF) body that consists of cast nodes, extruded sections and aluminum panels, accounts for just 471.79 lb (214 kg) of the total weight. The body is assembled predominantly by hand in the R8 workshop at the Neckarsulm plant. Final assembly of the car takes place in the same way.
Other weight reduction factors include the engine frame that is made of ultra-light magnesium. The long cover over the soft-top compartment and the large side panels at the rear are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) which is also used in the modified front spoiler, the fixed rear spoiler and the new rear bumper. Altogether, these components provide a weight savings of 12.13 lb (5.5 kg.) Audi engineers also trimmed weight from the technical components in the area of the transmission, wheels, and brakes. On the inside, the bucket seats alone, with their chassis of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP), saved 69.45 lb (31.5 kg) of weight.
The R8 GT Spyder features a lightweight fabric soft top that is extremely quiet and suitable for highway cruising. It features an electrohydraulic drive that brings the top up or down in 19 seconds, even at speeds of up to 31.07 mph (50 km/h.) The extendible glass rear window is nestled in the bulkhead, separate from the soft top. Integrated in the bulkhead is a rollover protection system comprising of two pretensioned plates.
Now let’s talk about the formidable power that is offered by the newest member of the R8 family. The 5.2-liter V10 with aluminum crankcase draws its fuel from an FSI direct injection system. Dry-sump lubrication ensures a reliable source of oil even under maximum lateral or straight-line acceleration. With its modified electronic management, the long-stroke engine produces 398.28 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque at 6,500 rpm, and its peak output is 560 hp (412 kW.) As previously mentioned, the R8 GT Spyder catapults from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 196.97 mph (317 km/h.)
The R8 GT Spyder comes standard with an automatic six-speed R tronic transmission with two fully automatic modes. In the additional manual mode, the driver can shift gears using the paddles on the steering wheel or by flicking the joystick. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive has a strong rear-wheel bias that provides an added measure of traction, stability and cornering speed, giving it a strong lead over the rear-wheel drive competition. The open high-performance sports car has 19-inch wheels, with 235/35s up front and 295/30s in the rear. Large, lightweight carbon-fiber ceramic brake discs decelerate the car with ease.
It is obvious that great attention to detail was also put into the interior of the car as evident by the materials and workmanship. Along with a roomy, two-seater interior that can accommodate 3.53 cu. ft. (100 liters) of cargo, accents include Alcantara upholstery that comes standard where a leather option of fine Nappa quality is available. Audi ultra requires no sacrifice on the part of R8 GT Spyder owners. Standard equipment includes LED headlights, LED tail lights, an automatic air conditioning system, the navigation system plus, an alarm system and the driver information system with a built-in laptimer. Other added features include a sophisticated sound system from Bang & Olufsen and a Bluetooth interface including a seatbelt-mounted microphone to ease carrying on a phone conversation. Options available for the R8 GT Spyder include bucket seats with a carbon-fiber composite chasis, matt CFRP applications and embroidered logos on the seat upholstery.
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