(a private subsidiary of Audi AG)
|Production||Gen 1 Jun 2006 – Aug 2015
Gen 2 Aug 2015 – present
|Designer||Walter de Silva
Frank Lamberty (2004)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupé
quattro permanent all-wheel drive
|Related||Audi RSQ (Concept)
Audi Le Mans quattro (Concept)
Audi R8 TDI Le Mans (Concept)
Lamborghini Huracán (second-generation R8 from 2015)
|Engine||4.2 L FSI V8, 2×DOHC
Odd firing 5.2 L FSI V10, 2×DOHC
|Wheelbase||2,650 mm (104.3 in)|
|Length||V8 Coupé: 4,431 mm (174.4 in
V10 Coupé: 4,435 mm (174.6 in)
V10 Spyder: 4,434 mm (174.6 in)
|Width||V8 Coupé & V10 Spyder:1,904 mm (75.0 in)
V10 Coupé: 1,930 mm (76.0 in)
|Height||V8 Coupé: 1,249 mm (49.2 in)
V10 Coupé: 1,252 mm (49.3 in)
V10 Spyder: 1,244 mm (49.0 in)
|Curb weight||V8 Coupé: 1,560–1,565 kg(3,439–3,450 lb)
V10 Coupé: 1,620–1,625 kg (3,571–3,583 lb)
V10 Spyder: 1,720–1,725 kg (3,792–3,803 lb)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Audi R8 (Typ 42) is a mid-engine, 2-seater super car, which uses Audi’s trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drivesystem. It was introduced by the German automaker Audi AG in 2006.
The car is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG’s high performance private subsidiary company, Quattro GmbH, and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame, and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car is built by quattro GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi’s ‘aluminium site’ at Neckarsulm in Germany.
In 2005, Audi announced that the name of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2007, the Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car (designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig), appearing at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show, and 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 development program began in 2004, Lamberty’s design being approved and frozen for production. Production body prototypes began field testing in January 2006. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. There was some confusion with the name, which the car shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winningR8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). 6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as “the best handling road car today”.
It is also the first production car with full-LED headlamps.
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