The mid mounted 4.2 liter V-8 engine with 420 hp. and can accelerate the R8 to 60 mph. in 4.4 seconds with a maximum speed is 187 mph. The engine is modified for dry sump lubrication, which is a method used normally in race cars to insure that oil is available to be pumped. The R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame, which is manufactured with aluminum and magnesium, which contributes to the car's relatively light weight.
To produce the R8, seventy workers fit 5,000 unique parts by hand. The factory produces 15 cars a day. It has also been credited as the only car in the world to undergo a CT Scan. Ninety-five lasers inspect the entire car in five seconds to ensure that over 220 measurements are within 0.1 mm of the programmed plans. The two seat coupé is currently available in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan.
Audi AG owns Lamborghini, very little of the R8 is shared with the Lamborghini Gallardo, including the transmission.The R8 is made distinct by its exterior styling, cabin, engine, and pricing. Audi also unveiled the 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro last December 2008. The engine is based on the engine in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 but is detuned to produce 518 hp. The R8 V10's performance numbers are enhanced as a result, Audi estimates the new 0-62 mph time as only 3.9 seconds. The R8 5.2 FSI will also have carbon ceramic brakes available as an option.
Audi pioneered and developed Quatrro, which is standard on the R8. Quatrro is an all wheel drive system that other auto manufacturers are starting to see the advantages of all wheel drive.
Pricing starts at $117,500 for the R8 4.2 liter, the estimated based price for the 5.2 liter starts at $162,500. For the exhaust note click here for video!
The Audi R8 has received a huge number of accolades, Automobile Magazine awarded the R8 the 2008 Automobile of the Year European Car magazine rated the R8 as Car of the Year. Check out this new variant Audi R8 video V12 TDI. Shown below is the original LeMans concept.