The Audi R8, in its V10 Plus guise, has been here for quite some time now. The car you see above was first introduced in 2016, and while a facelifted version of the R8 broke cover last year, expect it to see in the Indian market in the coming months.
Sharper and angular is what describes the Audi R8 facelift in a nutshell. And is a norm with facelifts, there are a few changes to the exterior and interior, which makes the Audi R8 just a bit more desirable than before.
Some of the noteworthy changes include redesigned bumpers with sharper creases and wider intakes. Moreover, the gloss black grille at the front is redesigned too. The headlamps, too, are slightly revamped, which now get black inserts and surrounds. Adding more to that sportier look, there’s a front splitter too. The sides, too, get newer inserts and larger intakes. At the rear, there’s a wider bumper with larger intakes. What looks fascinating, however, is the huge silver surround for the exhaust tips. And, of course, there is a sporty rear spoiler too.
On the whole, there aren’t any significant changes to the exterior of the Audi R8. However, Audi has added some bits to make sure it’s quite distinguishable from the pre-facelift model. Dimension-wise, the current Audi R8 measures 4,426mm in length, 1,940mm in width, and 1,240mm in height. Considering it’s an injudicious sipper, Audi R8 gets a 73-litre fuel tank. Moreover, it has a wheelbase of 2,650mm and a kerb weight of 1,695kg.
As for its heart of the matter, the current Audi R8 is powered by a 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine, which is capable of churning out 602bhp and 560Nm of torque. It comes paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. But the fly in the ointment here is that this engine is compliant with BS-IV emission standards. So, if Audi doesn’t introduce a BS-VI version of this engine in the coming days, expect it to arrive with the facelift.
Having considered that the R8 V10 Plus is a sports car, don’t expect it to charm the audience with its fuel efficiency. That said, the R8 is capable of delivering around 6.71km/l if driven sanely. Driving sanely, however, is not what it’s meant for.
For a car that costs almost 2 crores on-road, the Audi R8 sure falls short in terms of the overall equipment. Of course, the facelift will take these things more in favour of the Audi, but, as of now, the R8 is underwhelming when it comes to the equipment list. But then again, all sports cars are.
Another reason for this is weight saving. You see, for a sports car that’s built to set some benchmarks, plonking it with a heavy equipment list will only result in heft, which will make it lose some points on the track. Heck, even a millisecond count!
Nevertheless, the materials and the quality of almost about everything is surreal. The Audi Virtual Cockpit display is present, but it’s the only display here. You also get a multi-function steering wheel with flat-bottom and R8 logo. There are several electronics here that ensure all that speed doesn’t kill you.
The R8, as of early-2020, comes in ten shades, namely, Vegas Yellow, Ibis White, Dynamite Red, Floret Silver, Camouflage Green, Daytona Grey, Suzuka Grey, Mythos Black, Tango Red, and Macaw Blue.
All the details regarding the Audi R8, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.
Variants and Prices
As of early-2020, the Audi R8 is available in a single variant, withthe standard petrol-automatic configuration. The prices start at Rs. 2.72 crores for the V10 Plus variant (ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.
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