Audi R8 V10 Coupe Review
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21 Jan 2017

Introduction & Exterior

The second generation Audi R8 is currently the most powerful production Audi ever

Beginning the year with a supercar certainly is a great start.

So first of all, a belated happy New Year friends! The second generation Audi R8 is currently the most powerful production Audi ever. Hand assembled in the same facility that built the R8 LMS Le Mans car, Audi’s management of Lamborghini also has also landed them with expertise in building a supercar for the road.

I cannot stress enough how drivable the R8 is, but all I can say is that, they have successfully built a daily driver, with sufficient space for a duffle bag or two.


At first glance, it is hard to distinguish the new R8 from the previous car. Cleaner, well defined lines, together with additional pinching on the boot does give the car a sense of lightness. The new front grille reflects Audi’s current design language, with a hexagonal design. Less rib, more honeycomb… front and rear cooling ducts lose their ribs, and in place, a new honeycomb design. Exhaust finisher housings have also taken an angular design.

New tail lamps each, integrates 118 individual LEDs, providing a uniform light pattern. Under harder braking, the brake lamps will flash to warn other road users. Indicator lamps are equipped their now familiar dynamic signal feature.

The ‘side blade’ which makes the R8 immediately identifiable has also been carried over to the new car, this time broken into a 2-piece affair, creating additional visual length to the entire body. The one on the first generation car did make the car look a awkwardly short.

What we do not see is how the new Audi Space Frame (ASF), is pieced together, utilising different materials in different places, for purposes of strength, or weight reduction. In all, the aluminium and carbon-fibre construction weighs a very light 200kg, which is 10kg lighter than the original R8. According to Audi, the motto for this is “The right material in the right amount at the right place.” All this effort has provided the R8 with an added 40 percent increase in static torsional rigidity. Audi did mention that if they had intended to obtain the same structural rigidity with the previous car, using technology back then (which is not long ago), the ASF would have been 32kg heavier.

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