Audi ventures into uncharted territory with the all-new R8. The first
look at this car came three years ago in the form of a concept called
the LeMans Quattro Concept. The production car has not changed much
from the original.
When it launches later this year, the R8 will boast a powerful 420-
horsepower V8 engine positioned behind the passenger compartment.There
is rumor that the 500-horsepower V10 from the Lamborghini Gallardo
will be available in the R8 sometime in the future, but at this time
it is still only a rumor.
The R8 is built on the aluminum Audi Space Frame, designed to be both
lightweight and very rigid, ideal qualities for a high-performance
The powerful V8 combined with the lightweight chassis give the R8 a
reported 0 to 62 mph time of just 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 190
Of course, being an Audi, all that power is distributed evenly to the
road through all-four wheels via the legendary quattro all-wheel-drive
Unlike many supercars, the R8 was designed for everyday use, with
comfortable seats and plentiful cargo space. Not only can luggage be
stored under the front hood, there is space for as many as two golf
bags behind the seats.
Deliveries of the R8 will begin in the fall of 2007.