Comprehensive technical specifications of the second-gen Audi R8 have been released, prior to the model’s debut at the Geneva Motor Show. First and most importantly, the V8 4.2-liter engine has been dropped as the supercar will be available at least initially with the 5.2-liter V10 naturally aspirated engine. In the standard R8, the engine is going to generate 532 bhp and 398 lb-ft which makes it 15 bhp and 7 lb-ft more powerful than the outgoing Audi R8 V10.
Opt for the R8 V10 Plus and the motor will be tweaked to develop 601 bhp and 413 lb-ft, representing a massive 59 bhp and 15 lb-ft increase. Aside from being more powerful, the second-gen Audi R8 is going to be 66 kg (145 lbs) lighter than its predecessor even though it will be 39mm wider (at 1944mm). Overall length is going to remain unchanged at 4444mm while height will decrease by 9mm to 1241mm.
As far as performances are concerned, the Audi R8 V10 Plus will need just 3.2 seconds to get from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) so it will be 0.3s faster than the model it is set to replace. Top speed will also increase by 8 mph (13 km/h) to 205 mph (330 km/h).
19-inch alloy wheels with 235/35 ZR19 front & 295/30 ZR19 rear tires are going to be standard but at an additional cost clients will be able to configure their R8 with larger 20-inch alloys wrapped around in 245/30 ZR20 front and 305/30 ZR20 rear tires.
The second-gen Audi R8 will debut in less than two weeks at the Geneva Motor Show where it will be joined by a fully electric version. Set to wear the e-tron badge, the alternatively-powered R8 will have a range of more than 400 km (249 miles).