The German supercar is edgier, more engaging to drive and stops sooner.
Despite the arrival of more modern and capable performance cars relegating it to the background, the Audi R8 is still a phenomenal supercar that has gotten better for its 2019 model year.
Starting off with its updated exterior, designers gave the front end a wider grille surrounded by a frame that underlines the headlights and three slots right under the hood that pay homage to the original Audi Sport Quattro coupe, while the rear end gets a lower-positioned rear vent at the rear that stretches the entire width of the car and a more prominent rear diffuser.
Engineers updated the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 to put out 562 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque compared to the previous 533 horsepower and 396 pound-feet of torque, allowing the R8 to sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) comes in at 3.4 seconds for the coupe and 3.5 seconds for the convertible. Top speed is reached at 201.3 mph (324km/h) and 200.1 mph (322 km/h), respectively.
The R8 V10 Plus model has been renamed ‘R8 Performance’ and comes with an evolution of the 5.2-liter that puts out 612 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque — an increase of 9 hp and 14.75 lb-ft. — that lets the V10 Plus coupe accelerate to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and the V10 Plus Spyder in 3.2 seconds. Maximum speed comes in at 205.7 mph (331 kph) and 204.4 mph (329 kph), respectively.
Power is sent to the ground via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system regardless of model.
To improve handling, engineers gave the German supercar a more engaging drive by dialing more response and feedback into the steering to deliver and reduced its stopping distance by 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) from 62 mph and by 16.4 feet (5 meters) from 124 mph (200 km/h) by re-calibrating the ECU.
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