Audi works driver Frank Stippler put the highly anticipated 2015 R8 supercar through its paces ahead of an official unveiling on March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show. In the attached video we also get the chance to hear quattro GmbH director Heinz Hollerweger describing the new model as benefiting from the “racing experience from the first generation” and will boast a “very special” design.
We already know Audi has decided to drop the V8 engine and will offer the new R8 with a V10 engine delivering 532 bhp & 398 lb-ft in the standard version and 601 bhp & 413 lb-ft in the Plus model. All cars get standard LED headlights but at an additional cost buyers will be able to get optional laser high-beam headlights.
2015 R8 V10 Plus will tip the scales at 1,454 kg so it will be 66 kg lighter than the model it replaces and thanks to this more power & lower weight combo it will run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 3.2 seconds. This means it will be 0.3s quicker than the outgoing version and will have a 205 mph (330 km/h) top speed, representing an 8 mph (13 km/h) increase.
Available exclusively with a quattro all-wheel drive system and an updated dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox, the 2015 R8 will debut on March 3 at the Geneva Motor Show where it will be displayed alongside a fully electric e-tron derivative which will have a range in excess of 249 miles (400 km).