Audi just recently held a press launch for the new, facelifted R8 V10 in America, out in California. While the R8 facelift has been on sale in Europe for a bit already, it’s only just getting to the ‘States. Thankfully, according to Car and Driver, the Audi R8 V10 is still extremely loud.
That might sound obvious, as the Audi R8 packs a 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine, regardless of spec. However, in Europe, cars now have to meet both new emissions and noise regulations, so even the sportiest of cars have become relatively quiet. Not so in the U.S. market, though, where the R8 gets to sing its full song. Good.
It’s not just all bark and no bite, though. Audi has actually gone to further lengths than we would have thought to improve the new R8. Typically, facelifts are just some new headlights, taillights and maybe some interior tweaks. Sometimes a new option is thrown in. But with the Audi R8 facelift, the folks in Ingolstadt actually gave it a bit of a handling overhaul. Specifically, its steering.
For the new active steering setup, the Audi R8 gets a more progressive change in ratio but also less power assist. So the steering is meatier while also being more natural and predictable. It’s also been given stiffer front bushings suspension bushings and an option carbon/aluminum front anti-roll bar. According to C&D, those changes are noticeable and the R8 feels improved over the pre-facelift car. In fact, they go on to say that it feels more direct than the new C8-generation Corvette, which had its steering praised by most.
In fact, C&D seemed to like the newly facelifted Audi R8 quite a bit and felt that it’s better than it was before the facelift. So not only is it still loud and angry but it’s the best it’s ever been.
[Source: Car and Driver]