Earlier this month, Audi announced at the Geneva Motor Show that they will be releasing a new generation of R8’s to replace the current model which has been in production since 2007. This new model brings withit a host of changes and upgrades, which knock the old one out of the park. When I saw the pictures from Geneva I was pleasantly surprised to see that a lot of styling points from earlier pictures had been dropped. Before, it looked squashed up and, well, just a bit odd. Now however, it is much more similar to the previous model, but sharper and more aggressive.
Audi revealed that they will also be ditching the V8 engine in favour of two V10’s: the V10 and the V10 Plus. The standard V10 comes with 532bhp, slightly more than the previous generation, while the Plus has a whopping 602bhp; as before, both engines will be naturally aspirated. There was a third model showcased at Geneva, the e-tron, Audi’s electric R8 that we’ve been waiting for since 2009. This isn’t like other electric cars we have seen from supercar manufacturers, such as the Ferrari LaFerrari or Porsche 918 Spyder. Instead it is far more of a direct competitor to the Tesla Model S. This particular model will be powered by a 92-kWh T-shaped battery. If you’re like me, that won’t mean a thing to you, but what is of interest is that it produces 456bhp, 679lb ft of torque, goes from 0-62 in 3.9 seconds, is electronically limited to 155mph, has a range of up to 280 miles and charges in under two hours. That’s some pretty impressive data, especially when you consider the car is electric. The most impressive aspect, though, is the range. That was an issue only cracked by Tesla previously, although their car still remains the better model. The e-tron’s styling is distinctive from the other R8’s with its futuristic rims and a massive vent in the bonnet that you can’t help but notice. The futuristic features really help it stand out from the crowd.
The tech on this car is as impressive as the engineering. It comes with laser headlights, which can illuminate the road for 500 metres ahead. There is also Audi’s new virtual cockpit used on the TT. It performs the function of the dashboard and infotainment display, giving you all the information about the car you will need, such as speed, torque split, tyre pressure and much more. It can also connect to your smartphone. It has also been confirmed that the R8 will continue to appear as Iron Man’s car in the new Avengers movie, although it hasn’t yet been revealed whether it will be the e-tron or standard V10.