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The new Audi R8 V10 plus

The new top model of the Audi’s R8 model series is the Audi R8 V10 plus. It delivers 404 kW (550 hp) and a maximum torque of 540 Nm (398.28 lb-ft) from its 5.2-litre V10 powerplant. With S tronic, the Audi R8 V10 plus catapults from zero to 100 km/h in 3,5 seconds and achieves a top speed of 317 km/h (196.97 mph). The average fuel consumption rate is 12.9 l/100km (18.23 US mpg). The key data with manual transmission are 3.8 seconds, 319 km/h (198.22 mph) and 14.9 liters (15.79 US mpg).

LED headlights with a new technology are now standard on all variants of the Audi R8. The light-emitting diodes for the high and low beams have been placed above and below the strip-shaped daytime running lights, which are specially actuated to serve as indicators. In addition, static turning lights are integrated in the headlights. The bumper is new, with the air inlets bearing three crossbars each. A front splitter made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) is standard on the new R8 V10 plus. The housings of the outside mirrors and the side blades, the lateral air inlets on the Coupé, are made from CFRP on the new V10 plus top model. In the R8 V10 plus also the engine compartment LED illumination as well as a partial CFRP lining for the engine compartment are standard. The large CDRP diffusor is standard on the R8V10 plus. In all engine versions the exhaust system terminates in two round, glossy tailpipe trim sections, painted black on the R8 V10 plus.

The Audi R8 V10 plus is available only as a coupe. The car weights 1570 kilograms (3461.26 lb). Adjustable bucket seats with glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) chassis, less use of insulating materials, special light alloy wheels and chassis components, including the standard ceramic brakes, as well the CFRP add-on parts at the body all contribute to lowering the weight. The chassis of the high-performance sports car employs technologies from car racing. On the R8 V10 plus the springs and shock absorbers have been specially tuned and the camber values at the front axle adapted accordingly. The carbon fiber ceramic brake discs are standard on the R8 V10 plus.


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