Tuesday, December 9, 2008

New Reveal : 2010 Audi R8 V10

Finally! After all the spy shots and rumors of the beautiful Audi R8 to have a V10, it's now true. Audi released new images and information of the all-new R8 V10.
The current 4.2L V8 with 420hp has not been enough to compete with other supercars such as Porsche’s 911 Turbo. So Audi’s solution is a 5.2L FSI V10 with 525hp and 390lb-ft of torque, that currently powers Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. 525 stallions are channeled to all four wheels in the traditional Quattro 40-60 torque split. Transmissions include a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed R-tronic semi-automatic. It's such a shame they didn't use the 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch gearbox like in the S5 cabriolet and S4. So with the new engine, the R8 V10 chuckles on other high-end supercars. 0-60mph comes in 3.9 seconds. And all the way to 196mph.
With the big V10, Audi also had to do fiddle with the suspension and the brakes. The wheel suspensions are on dual aluminum wishbones front and rear – a classic racing technology – and they're optimized for neutral self-steering characteristics. The brakes have also been enlarged. New for the R8 V10, are carbon-ceramic brakes - comes as an option.
Visual changes for the R8 V10 include an exclusive 19-inch, 10-spoke Y design wheels and two oval like exhaust pipes(V8 version has quad exhausts). On the rear there's also a new rear diffuser for even better down force. At the front, the R8 V10 has a very distinctive all-LEDs highlights. So the high beam, low beam, daytime running lights, and turn signals are now all LEDs. Lastly, the carbon-fiber side blades are more accentuated than in the V8 version. The side sills are more striking and wider; the exhaust grilles at the rear windows have a matt aluminum look. Although Audi hasn't enlarge the rear window, the V10 engine is clearly visible in its consummate technical beauty.
Audi will introduce the R8 V10 at the Detroit Motor Show in January. However, sales will first start in Germany, at a price tag of 142,400 euros. It's expected to come to the states in April.

Source : [Audi]

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