The deservedly popular Audi R8 continues to evolve into new variants. Rolling out in 2007 as an exotic sports car that truly does possess the capacity to serve as a daily driver, it is now even more versatile in 2016 format. While the outward appearance of the R8 has received minimal updates over the years, it is certainly up-to-date under the hood.
The 2016 Audi R8 at a glance:
- The chassis is the new Audi Space Frame. It is comprised of durable and lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber and tips the scales at a scant 3,205 pounds dry. To get the true running weight, add fluids and an average sized driver.
- That makes for an impressive 110-pound weight loss for the nice lady since the previous model year. The new frame provides a 40% increase in strength.
- Engine configurations this year are as follows: A 5.2-liter V10 standard at 532 horses or an R8 V10 Plus version kicking out 602 horses.
- The V10 Plus sibling nails the 0-60 mile per hour jump in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of around 205 miles per hour. These specs put it nearly head-to-horn with the vicious Lamborghini Huracan, with the Audi R8 Plus being a single horse stronger and 3 miles per hour faster. This would, of course, depend on who was behind the wheel of each car during a race because with such close specs, it may come down to pure driving skills.
- The gearbox is a specialized 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch with new features added for 2016. It boasts launch control, manual paddle shift, comfort, auto and dynamic driving modes.
Overall, the key changes to the Audi R8 have maintained a steady and respectable pace over the years. The brand has beautifully managed to maintain the integrity of the look and feel while continuously keeping her updated in all of the important areas.