Every detail of the R8’s exterior immediately marks it out as a progressive sports car: from the emphatic, structural shape, wide air intakes and sweeping sideblades, to the retractable rear spoiler. But these design features aren’t just for show. Each serves its own purpose, whether enhancing the car’s aerodynamic potential or cooling the engine which sits directly behind the cockpit. And that’s no easy task. Both the 4.2 V8 and 5.2 V10 powerplants are extremely high-revving, with breathtaking performance thanks to FSI® direct petrol injection and quattro® all-wheel-drive. Enabling you to get the most from them are a number of auxiliary technologies – a lightweight aluminium crankcase, quickshifting S tronic 7-speed gearbox and optional Audi magnetic ride.
Inside its rigid yet lightweight aluminium Audi Space Frame®, the R8 has more than a hint of racing car inspiration in its layout and appearance, with Fine Nappa leather Sports seats, driver-oriented instruments and a leather, flat-bottomed steering wheel as standard. The perfect setting to enjoy some impressive technologies, including the optional Audi parking system advanced and the 465-watt 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround sound system – if the arresting symphony of the R8’s engine wasn’t enough. Read on to discover more about the revolutionary Audi R8, including standard and optional equipment, paint colours and prices.