Monday, 25 February 2013

Audi R8 facelifted version complete review

The changes in the updated Audi R8  is more than skin-deep.

It’s been five long years since Audi bowled everyone over with its mid-engined R8 supercar. This means it’s time for a facelift..

This Audi supercar seems to take pride in its efficient and no-nonsense garb. In fact, it even feels the same as it did five years ago, except now it looks even more technical. For instance, there are new full-LED headlights that are now standard fitment. There’s the new chamfered, hexagonal Audi grille and the air intakes also match it. However, the most distinctive visual change is at the rear. The new all-LED tail-lights are really striking, and have turn indicators that ‘swipe’ outwards when activated. As for the rest of the R8, it’s still very much the same. So the hockey puck looks sharper now, but does it drive any sharper?

The powerhouses remain unchanged – there’s a 4.2-litre V8, and the engine in the car I was driving, the 5.2-litre V10. This Lamborghini-sourced motor develops 518bhp of power and 54kgm of torque. And the V10 in Spyder form weighs in at 1745kg; once again, pretty much identical to the previous car. All of these figures are the same as the outgoing R8, but when you look at the acceleration figures, the new car is faster. So what exactly is different? 

The single biggest change to the R8 is the gearbox; the single-clutch robotised manual of old has been replaced by a dual-clutch unit. Developed specifically for the R8, the wet twin-clutch unit helps cut the 0-100kph time down by almost half a second, the ton now coming up in a claimed 3.8 seconds. And the top speed is 311kph.

it’s easy to forget that this is a supercar, because it feels so civilised and the gearbox shifts smoothly and quickly. The suspension feels nice and reasonably pliant too. 

So the facelifted R8 is pretty much the same as the old car. It continues to be perfectly civil, extremely precise, even more efficient and just a little bit more exciting. 

But that wasn’t the end of the story. There was more excitement . With the facelift, Audi has launched a new ‘Plus’ version of the R8 V10 coupĂ©. It uses ultra-light forged wheels and carbon-ceramic brakes, which alone save 2kg. The front splitter is made of light carbon fibre, as are the rear diffuser and the R8’s trademark side blades. It all adds up to shave 50kg off the kerb weight of the standard R8 V10. The engine bay is lined with carbon fibre too, and that jewel of a motor now develops 542bhp. That means it’s finally on par with Lamborghini’s entry-level Gallardo LP550-2. And that is very good news.

Yes, you can bet it was exciting, and with the loads of four-wheel-drive traction, all that power was put down with ease. The Misano race circuit is quite narrow, and if it wasn’t for the 4WD system, I probably would not have enjoyed myself even half as much. Push hard into a corner and the R8 V10 Plus will slide, but the Quattro system just sorts things out and keeps you going. With the ESP on, it induces understeer even though it can only send a maximum of 30 percent of the torque to the front wheels. The new carbon-ceramic brakes delivered astounding stopping power, so you can brake really late.  

The Plus also comes with non-adjustable dampers that are set to a sportier setup, which felt just right for the race track. And as I got more and more used to the car, I was able to push it harder, revel in the superb grip from the Quattro system and the massive 19-inch rubber, and the sheer balance of this mid-engined supercar. I could really push it through the long, fast bends and nail the accelerator coming out of the corners. And the Plus proved that it is every bit an R8, only faster and more exciting. But, somehow, it still won’t give you goosebumps. 

If what you want is simply the best-handling sports car you can buy for half the price of a Ferrari 458, then don’t think any further. The chassis is so well sorted and the R8 feels so civilised that you can easily use it as an everyday car too. The neutral and fabulous handling makes you feel like a hero at the wheel, but it also leaves you a little cold at the end of the day. The R8 has all ingredients of a full-blooded exotic, but it still lacks some of the mystique of its rivals of Latin origin.

Fact File
Price Range (in lakhs)*
Ex-showroom price  Rs 1.6-1.9 crore (est. ex-showroom)
Fuel              Petrol
Installation    Mid, longitudinal, all-wheel drive
Type            V10, 5204cc, petrol
Power         518bhp at 8000rpm / 542bhp at 8000 rpm (Plus)
Torque        54kgm at 6500rpm / 55kgm at 6500rpm
TransmissionType       all-wheel drive
Gearbox  7-speed dual-clutch auto
Length          4440mm
Width           1904mm / 1929mm (Plus)
Height           1244mm / 1252mm
Wheel base  2650mm
Boot volume  100 litres
Chassis & Body
Weight  1745kg / 1595kg (plus)
Wheels  19-inch alloy
Tyres     235/35ZR19-295/30ZR19
0-100  3.8 sec / 3.5 sec (plus)
Tank size  80 litres / 75 litres (plus) (90 optional)
These colors are available with all variants of Audi R8
Brilliant Red
Estoril Blue Crysta
Daytona Grey, pearl effect
Teak Brown Metallic
Samoa Orange
Panther Black
Phantom Black, Pearl Effect


      When we consider the finest sports cars in terms of their technologies, Audi R8 is the best option. Precision and performance are put beyond the limits in Audi R8. Engineers of Audi had developed the car which is embodied with best technology thereby fulfilling the requirement of perfection for the car. The four rings being the firm fixture in the motorsport and the new introduced quattro permanent all wheel drive engine had made the Audi R8 the topper in various racing events throughout the world.
Audi R8 has V8 mid-mounted engine and with quattro permanent wheel drive which adds to the performance, control and stability of the car. The newly introduced FSI technology in 2001 is such that the fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber, all which helps in increasing the engine efficiency and the engine performance. It is to be considered that Audi is the first car to use Aluminium in building the body of the vehicle. And the latest upcoming in this technology is high-strength AudiSpace Frame (ASF) , which provide more strenght to the3 vehicle with maximum possible light weight. Audi magnetic ride adaptive damper system is a new inovation by Audi having special damper oil, the shocks are so developed that the viscocity of the fluid filled in them can be changed with the applied magnetic field. There by making the car to adjust in different conditionns with appropriate damping force.

       The mid-mounted V8 engine of Audi R8 with 4.2 litre displacement and four valve FSI technology is highly capacitive to produce 309kw of power and is capable to accelerate the new Audi R8 from 0 to 100 km/hr in just 4.6 seconds. The maximum torque delivering capacity of Audi R8 is 430 Nm with the amazing thrust it providing. With a top speed of 301 Km/hr the Audi offers a maximum comfort of power and thrill as possible, all there by providing excellent driving enjoyment. Besides generating power of the vehicle from displacement, the mid engine present in Audi R8 utilises high-revolution technology. This technology is highly capacitive to provide a top broad speed band of 8250 rpm. With this high-revolution concept Audi R8 provides high torque, spontaneous movement response even at very low speeds of the car. The excellent thrust provided by Audi R8 is because of the its suspensions all ultimately increasing the transverse acceleration. The six speed manual gearbox is such developed that it fulfills the requirments of a racing car. This manual gearbox has been much more advanced to a R tronic transmission in order to increase the performance of the car. Automatic mode with wire shift technology allows even very short shift times.

Audi  R8 V10 

Audi R8 Gallery 

R8's Front

R8's rear

The V10 engine of R8
Gearbox  7-speed dual-clutch auto

R8's luxurious interior 
R8's in blue

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