Audi R8 is due in 2015 and our exclusive images show how the car could look.
Replacing the R8 is a tricky task, given how talented the current car is, but Audi hopes to elevate it above the competition with more power, less weight and a jaw-dropping new design.
Despite lacking a rich sports car history, Audi hit the jackpot when
the R8 was unveiled back in 2006. In fact, the car was so good that it
continued almost unchanged until last year, when the brand carried out a
facelift and ditched the car’s only real Achilles heel – its R tronic
gearbox – in favour of a slick-shifting S tronic transmission.
The new model is likely to stay close in concept to today’s R8,
maintaining the proportions and interior space. However, neat new design
features will include a more prominent single-frame grille that will
eventually grace all Audi’s RS-badged models. There will also be new
matrix-beam LED lights with an updated daytime running light design, and
a shorter version of the car’s trademark sideblade.
Audi will use lessons learned from its R8 LMS racer, adding a carbon
fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) bonnet and roof to save weight, while a
version of the downforce-generating double diffuser used on the LMP1 Le
Mans winner is expected, too. The car will also draw on the R8 e-tron
– adopting its Multimaterial Spaceframe body, which uses 23 per cent
carbon fibre in its construction to save 23kg. Also likely to be
included are the e-tron’s glass fibre-reinforced polymer suspension
springs, CFRP anti-roll bars, ceramic brakes and titanium rear wheel
hubs. All this will help keep the weight below 1,500kg.
Audi isn’t expected to follow Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren
down the hybrid supercar route, though. Instead, the R8 will be fitted
with a revised version of the current V8 and V10, with power hikes of
around 25bhp for both, taking them to 450bhp and 570bhp respectively.
All engines will get cylinder deactivation and stop-start. Expect a 10
per cent improvement in fuel economy.
The interior will benefit from a thorough overhaul, with most
functions incorporated into a new MMI system. Digital dials are also
likely, as is a digital rear-view mirror that uses a hi-res camera to
produce an image on a screen.
Audi is also set to use the carbon fibre bonnet from the R8 LMS, as
well as a high-downforce double-diffuser. But carbon fibre isn't just
for body panel and interior trim; it will form 23 per cent of the R8's
chassis, resulting in a stiffer body. Groundbreaking suspension will see
glass fibre-reinforced polymer coils save weight without compromising
The new R8 V8 is expected to cost from just under £100,000. For more details click here.
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