Audi R8
(2nd Gen)

2nd Gen Audi R8 Front Image
  • Model Year 2016 to Onwards
  • Class Sports Car
  • Layout Mid-Engine, 4WD
  • Style 2-door Coupe
    2-door Convertible
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Overview

The Audi R8 2nd generation is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car, which uses Audi's trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It was introduced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG in 2006. The car is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG's private subsidiary company manufacturing high performance automotive parts, Audi Sport GmbH, and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo and presently the Huracan platform. The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame, and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car is built by Audi Sport GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi's 'aluminium site' at Neckarsulm in Germany. It is also the first production car with full-LED headlamps. The second generation of the R8 was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and is based on the Modular Sports System platform shared with the Lamborghini Huracan. The development of the Type 4S commenced in late 2013 and was completed in late 2014. Initial models included the all electric e-Tron and the V10 5.2 FSI along with the V10 plus. Unlike its predecessor, there was no manual transmission available and the entry-level V8 trim was also dropped. In 2016, the convertible (Spyder) variant was added to the line up which was initially available in the base V10 trim. In mid-2017, the high performance V10 plus Spyder was added to the range. A rear-wheel-drive model called the R8 RWS was introduced in 2017. In 2018, the R8 received a mid-cycle facelift with changes being mechanical and exterior only. The newer and more aggressive design language also has some elements carried over from famous Audi models of the past. Some of the aerodynamic features such as the front aeroblades are shared with the Lamborghini Huracan. The facelift model has substantial performance improvements over the outgoing model.


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