We’ve yet to receive the second-generation Audi R8 here in the US just yet. It’s been available in Europe for a little while now, but hasn’t made its way across the Atlantic. Now, however, it’s here and we get to take a look at it at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
The second-generation Audi R8 V10 is an absolute masterpiece. Its 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 churns out 540 hp in standard trim, but a whopiing 610 hp in V10 Plus trim. That mighty V10 is paired to a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox and can get from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds (though we suspect it will actually be quicker than that). Its Quattro all-wheel drive system sends most of its power to the rear wheels but can shift power to whichever wheel the computer deems best, based on a variety of circumstances. It’s really a phenomenal machine.
It looks fantastic, too. For the second-gen, Audi ditched the long side-blade and went for a split side-blade approach, which gives the car the appearance of looking longer than the outgoing model when in fact it’s almost two inches shorter. It’s also wider and lower than the previous car and looks much more menacing. The new Audi 3D grille looks fantastic and the fixed rear wing on this V10 Plus model sends it over the top.
We can’t wait to get our hands on a US-spec Audi R8 V10 to see how it drives and sounds. Check the photo gallery below and our recent articles on the R8 V10.