The R8 V10 plus is the fastest series-production Audi of all time.
It develops 449 kW (610 hp) and its maximum torque of 560 Nm (413.0 lb-ft) is available at 6,500 rpm. The performance figures are equally impressive: 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.2 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h (124.3 mph) in 9.9 seconds, and a top speed of 330 km/h (205.1 mph).
The sound of the freely aspirated V10 engine, whose maximum torque is available at 6,500 rpm, has become even fuller and sharper.
A 7-speed S tronic transmission and a newly developed quattro drive system transmit the power to the road. The distribution of the drive torque adapts to the respective driving conditions – in extreme cases, 100 percent of the torque can be transmitted to the front or rear axle. The new performance mode in the Audi drive select dynamic handling system enables adaptation of the most important ride dynamics parameters to the friction coefficient of the road.
The R8 V10 plus has a dry weight of 1,454 kilograms (3,205.5 lb). The key factor behind the consistent lightweight design is the body shell with multimaterial Audi Space Frame (ASF): It weighs only 200 kilograms (440.9 lb). The resulting unladen weight of 1,555 kilograms (3,428.2 lb) leads to a superior power-to-weight ratio of 3.46 kg/kW (2.55 kg/hp).
The multimaterial Audi Space Frame (ASF) ensures low weight and optimum axle load distribution. The combination of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) in the Audi Space Frame opens up new dimensions with regard to weight, rigidity and crash behavior. The aerodynamic underbody which integrates a long diffuser boosts downforce. The chassis, too, with its double wishbone suspension demonstrates how close the new Audi R8 is to motorsport.
The chassis tuning has stiffer springs and dampers on-board.
Audi magnetic ride is incorporated into the control of the Audi drive select dynamic driving system, which is also standard equipment in the new Audi R8. The driver can use this system to vary the mode of operation of key technical components over four basic modes: comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. In the dynamic stage, the quattro drive system assists in executing controlled, safe drifts. The Audi magnetic ride system also adapts the operating mode of the dampers to the profile of the road and style of the driver – individually for each wheel at millisecond cycles. A synthetic oil in the pistons of the shock absorbers has very small magnetic particles embedded in it. When a voltage is applied to a coil, a magnetic field is generated in which the particles align transverse to the direction of flow. They thereby restrict the flow of oil through the piston channels.
The accelerator pedal, steering, shift points and sound are even stiffer, so that the dynamics can be experienced. In the auto mode, on the other hand, traction has priority – this translates into high speed and fast lap times on the race track.
For downforce: the wings of the R8 V10 plus
At the rear, the design also documents the affinity of the new Audi R8 for motorsport – its dominating elements serve to generate downforce. The R8 V10 plus has a large fixed rear wing made of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP); on the R8 V10, the spoiler is electrically extended at a speed of 120 km/h (74.6 mph). The contours on the two sides of the rear window, through which the engine is visible, contribute to smooth air flow over the car.
The diffuser with its distinctive slats is extremely wide and is flanked by the two trapezoidal tail pipes of the exhaust system. They are chrome-plated on the V10 and gloss black on the V10 plus as well as with the optional sport exhaust system. The prominent horizontal lines give the rear body a very wide look. The verticals run diagonally downward and outward – forming a triangle and emphasizing the stance of the Audi R8 on the road.
The large inlet openings for the engine compartment – also in honeycomb look with upright slats – form a single visual unit together with the lights. Their fork-like contours produce a distinctive red signature when the daytime running lights are activated. The adaptive brake light flashes at a faster frequency with hard braking. Each tail light integrates 118 individual LEDs, which generate an absolutely uniform light pattern. The dynamic rear turn signal lights are a standard feature.
In the performance mode of the new Audi R8 V10 plus, the driver can use a dedicated satellite button with a turn wheel on the multifunction steering wheel plus to select one of the programs dry, wet or snow.
They too are configured for maximum dynamic performance, and they take the friction coefficient of the road surface into consideration. The Audi drive select setting also influences Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC). On wet or snow covered road surfaces, for instance, ESC modifies the thresholds of the ASR and ABS control systems accordingly.
380 mm (15.0 in) diameter: the ceramic brakes
Audi installs brake disks made of carbon-fiber-reinforced ceramic on the R8 V10 plus. The geometry of their cooling channels ensures fast heat dissipation, and the friction ring is bolted to a forged aluminum brake cap. They are 380 mm (15.0 in) in diameter in front (with six-piston fixed calipers) and 356 mm (14.0 in) at the rear (with four-piston calipers). The ceramic disks are 15.2 kg (33.5 lb) lighter in weight than their steel counterparts. They are extremely temperature resistant and have a long service life. The brake calipers differ from one another in color too. The steel brakes are painted in gloss black – or optionally gloss red – and they display R8 logos. The calipers of the ceramic disks shine in anthracite colored paint with the “Audi ceramic” signature.
Special edition of the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus: “selection 24h” (2016)
– Limited model as homage to the Audi R8 LMS
– Tricolor paint finish, exclusive exterior highlights and comprehensive technical package
2015, Audi R8 LMS won the 24 Hours Nürburgring on its debut. The GT3 car’s victory marked the start of a successful year of motor racing for Audi Sport. The brand now celebrates the R8 LMS with the “selection 24h” special edition, a homage to its tally of 323 wins in national and international race assignments since 2009.
The “selection 24h”, being built in a limited production run of 24, is based on the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus. Its 5.2-liter V10 mid-engine develops 449 kW (610 hp) and accelerates the top model of the Audi R8 car line from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in a mere 3.2 seconds, before advancing to a top speed of 330 km/h (205.1 mph). That makes the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus both the fastest and most powerful production Audi of all time. A newly developed quattro drive distributes its power fully variably between both sets of wheels. The suspension, the aerodynamics configured to handle high downforces and the operating concept featuring the Audi virtual cockpit are all motorsport-inspired. That is because Audi developed the second generation of the R8 in parallel with the GT3 racing model R8 LMS. Close cooperation between race car engineers, motorsport specialists and developers has brought both models a significant boost in performance.
The technical package in the “selection 24h” special edition comprises dynamic steering, the adaptive damper control system Audi magnetic ride and Audi laser lighting. The tricolor paint finish consisting of Suzuka gray as the basic color, with mythos black and Misano red highlights, evokes the successful Audi R8 LMS.
The front spoiler, the exterior mirror housings, the engine compartment cover, the rear wing and the diffuser are made from gloss-finish carbon fiber. The same applies to the sideblades with matt-finish “R8 24h” logo. The tailpipes of the sport exhaust system feature black trims and the 20-inch forged aluminum wheels in 10-spoke Y design are painted gloss anthracite black. Inside, the limited-edition model offers full-leather upholstery and trim in the color rotor gray, with Alcantara headlining. The air vents and the extended inlays for the surround of the Audi virtual cockpit are made of gloss-finish CFRP. The latter also bear the matt-finish “R8 24h” logo. The illuminated door sill trims are also made of gloss-finish carbon. They display the serial numbers 1 to 24 for each of the limited-edition cars. As an exclusive feature of the limited edition, the entry lights on the doors project the Audi R8 logo onto the road surface. In future, every R8 customer will be able to personalize their car with a near-unlimited range of lettering and logos from the Audi exclusive offering.
The “selection 24h” special edition of the Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus is a homage to Audi’s remarkable achievements in endurance racing. In the Le Mans 24 Hours alone, the brand with the four rings has celebrated 13 overall wins in the past 15 years. The first five of these were clinched by the R8 sports prototype, which gave its name to the production sports model. The GT3 racing car Audi R8 LMS made its competition debut in 2009. It has since collected over 300 wins worldwide, including overall wins in 24-hour races on the Nürburgring, at Spa-Francorchamps and Zolder, and in Dubai. It also has a class victory in Daytona to its name. Last year, the new generation of the Audi R8 LMS made a dream debut and won its first 24-hour race on the Nürburgring at the very first attempt.
Technical Details (Audi R8 Plus)
Exterior design and Audi Space Frame (ASF)
– Characteristically taut mid-engine sports car design
– Two-part sideblades, standard LED headlights, optional laser spot for highbeam, dynamic turn signals
– New Audi Space Frame in multimaterial construction made of aluminum and CFRP; ASF weighs 200 kg (440.9 lb), vehicle dry weight 1,454 kg (3,205.5 lb) (R8 V10 plus)
– Top figures for torsional rigidity, crash safety and acoustics
– Aerodynamic concept focuses on high downforce figures Interior
– Clean lines, monoposto arch in cockpit, hovering instrument panel
– Newly conceptualized sport seats, R8 V10 plus with lightweight bucket seats
– New colors and materials, many customization options
Controls & displays
– Controls are fully focused on the driver; all key functions are on the steering wheel
– Two steering wheel versions with two or four satellite buttons
– User-configurable Audi virtual cockpit that offers a 12.3-inch screen with brilliant, high-resolution displays is standard. Performance view shows additional information such as torque, power, oil and tire temperatures, g-forces and lap times on the race track
Infotainment and Audi connect
– MMI navigation plus with MMI touch is standard, newly developed operating concept with flat hierarchies like on a smartphone, including free text search
– Technology is based on second generation modular infotainment platform (MIB)
– Audi connect, Audi phone box and sound system from Bang & Olufsen are optional
– Crafted at Audi Böllinger Höfe at the Audi production site in Neckarsulm
– Flexible and innovative production, high share of highly skilled handcrafted work
Technical Data – Audi R8 Coupé 5.2 FSI quattro S tronic (449 kW) (2017)
Engine / electronics
Engine type: Naturally aspirated V10 gasoline engine (90° V angle) with dry sump lubrication, dual fuel injection, four valve technology, DOHC cylinder head
Valve gear / number of valves per cylinder: Continuous intake and exhaust camshaft adjustment, roller cam followers with hydraulic support element / 4
Displacement in cc: 5204 / 84.5 x 92.8 / 12.5
Max. power output in kW (hp) / at rpm: 449 (610) / 8250
Max. torque in Nm (lb-ft) / at rpm: 560 (413.0) / 6500
Mixture preparation: Combined injection system: gasoline direct injection and manifold injection
Exhaust emission control: One primary catalytic converter and one main catalytic converter per cylinder bank
Emissions class: EU6
Alternator in A / battery in A/Ah: 210 water-cooled / 420 / 75
Start-stop system: switches the engine off if the vehicle is stationary and the brake is engaged
Cylinder on demand (COD) and, coasting mode.
Drivetrain / transmission
Drive type: All-wheel drive, mechanical differential lock, Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR), fully variable distribution of drive torque, rear differential lock.
Clutch: Two electrohydraulically controlled multi-plate clutches in an oil bath
Transmission type: 7-speed S tronic (Lightning-fast shifts with shift-by-wire signal transmission)
Gear ratio in 1st gear / 2nd gear: 3.133 / 2.588
Gear ratio in 3rd gear / 4th gear: 1.958 / 1.244
Gear ratio in 5th gear / 6th gear: 0.979 / 0.976
Gear ratio in 7th gear / 8th gear: 0.841 / –
Reverse gear / final drive ratio: 2.647 / I: 4,893 for reverse, 1st, 4th + 5th, II: 3,938 for 2nd, 3rd, 6th + 7th
Suspension / steering / brakes
Audi drive select dynamic handling system with four standard modes; optional three additional performance modes for maximum dynamic performance.
Front suspension: Double-wishbone suspension
Rear suspension: Double-wishbone suspension
Steering / steering ratio / turning circle in m (D102) (ft): Basic – electromechanical steering with i = 15.7. (Optional – dynamic steering with speed-dependent ratio/ 11.2 (36.7))
Brake system: 6-piston fixed caliper brakes at front, 4-piston fixed caliper brakes at rear; carbon fiber-reinforced ceramic brake disks with specially developed cooling ducts, ventilated, perforated and floating; electromechanical parking brake at rear
Wheels / tires: Forged aluminum wheels / front: 8.5J x 19 / 245/35 R19 ZR 93 Y XL;rear: 11J x 19 / 295/35 R19 ZR 102Y
Performance / fuel / acoustics
Top speed in km/h (mph): 330 (205.1)
0 – 100 km/h (0-62.1 mph) in 3.2 sec (with sport tires 3.1 sec)
0 – 200 km/h (124.3 mph) in 9.9 secs
Fuel / octane value: Super Plus / 98 RON
Idling / drive-past exterior noise level in dB (A): 74
Consumption / emissions
Fuel consumption: city / highway / combined in l/100 km (US mpg): 19.6 (12) / 9.8 (24.0) / 13.4 (17.6)
CO2 mass emission in g/km (g/mi): 448 (721.0) / 226 (363.7) / 306 (492.5)
(fuel consumption up to 13 percent lower than in previous model)
Servicing / guarantee (Germany)
Service inspection after max. km (mi): According to service indicator, depending on driving style and operating conditions between 15,000 km (9,320.6 mi) or 1 year and 30,000 km (18,641.1 mi) or 2 years
Vehicle / paint / rust perforation guarantee: 2 years / 3 years / 12 years
Insurance classification in Germany: third party / fully comprehensive / part-comprehensive: 13 / 32 / 32
Weights / loads
Unladen weight according to EU (excluding driver) / (including driver) / gross weight limit in kg (lb): 1580 (3483.3) / 1655 (3648.7) / 1920 (4232.9)
Axle load limit at front / rear in kg (lb): 915 (2017.2) / 1130 (2491.2)
Cooling system capacity (incl. heating) in l (US gal): 24.7 (6.5)
Engine oil capacity (including filter) in l (US qt): 8.3 (8.8)
Fuel tank capacity in l (US gal): Standard 73 (19.3) / Optional 83 (21.9)
Body / dimensions
Body type / number of doors / seats: Aluminum: Audi Space Frame ASF / 2 / 2
Drag coefficient Cd / frontal area A in m2 (sq ft): 0.36 / 2.01 (21.6)
Length (L103) / width excluding mirrors (W103) / height (H101-M) in mm (ft): 4426 (14.5) / 1940 (6.4) / 1240 (4.07)
Wheelbase (L101) / track at front/rear (W101-1/W101-2) in mm (ft): 2650 (8.7) / 1638 (5.4) / 1599 (5.2)
Luggage capacity in liters (cu ft), according to VDA block method (V211): 112 (4.0) / capacity behind the seats: 226 (8.0)