Audi R8 (2007)

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Audi R8

Audi is entering the discerning segment of the car market its R8 mid-engine sports car – and taking up a position among the equipped with the expertise Audi has gathered from its in motor sport and from sporty premium-class cars, the R8 is the of superlative road behaviour, technology and fascinating design. The 420 bhp V8 FSI quattro permanent four-wheel and the aluminium space-frame body the R8 with outstanding qualities to for leadership of this segment, as do its everyday suitability and Audi’s standards of perfection in quality and The basic price is EUR 104,400, and will commence in the second of 2007.

Following on from success with the revolutionary quattro and the triumphs of its touring Audi has added another to the history of motor sport the R8 racing car: with wins to its name in the Le Mans 24 the R8 is the most successful model to have competed on the legendary at Le Mans. In a total of 79 starts at all over the world, this athlete has emerged victorious on a of 62 occasions.

The genes of the winner

The winner was thus the ideal model for the new production sports The genes of the triumphant racing car also passed on to the passenger car which admittedly feels at home on the racetrack, too – in the designation R8. The mid-engine concept is as to this genetic stock as the V8 engine with FSI petrol injection and the sequential gearbox steering-wheel control.

Whereas the use of quattro permanent drive was prohibited on the racing the new R8 can of course now be equipped with it, for road behaviour and safety in all

2007 Audi R8

There are design parallels – not in functional terms – in the way it its way supremely through the air even at high speeds. The same team that had previously the racing car was given the task of the R8 roadgoing sports car. The wing structure of the Le Mans did, however, have to be

After all, the roadgoing was meant to express its sports through a typically Audi of elegant styling.

With and elegance

The wide, full of the R8 seems to hug the road. It demonstrates its through its imposing proportions, wheel arches and substantial air It is like no other Audi it – with the unmistakable of a mid-engine car.

These are dictated by the forward position of the and the clearly separate engine behind it. A characteristic feature of the view of the R8 is the sideblade, which accentuates the engine’s position as as acting as an air deflector.

And yet the R8 is undeniably and foremost an Audi, not just of the characteristic single-frame grille at its end. For the first time, the rings are positioned not over the but on the lid above it. The sparing but always precise use of lines is another Audi characteristic, as is the curved arc of the

And the continuous line running the front apron across the arches and flanks to the tail then back down the side, is significant for the brand. loop naturally encompasses the air the headlights and the rear lights.

face by day and night

The passion through the elaborate design of the is another typical Audi The R8 already acquires an unmistakable aspect through the standard headlights and daytime running comprising twelve light-emitting – day and night alike. Nor is likely to overlook this sports car from behind: for the first time, LED tail with a three-dimensional effect successfully been used.

But the highlight will be the all-LED available for the Audi R8 as an option the end of 2007, and making their ever appearance worldwide on a car. With their and reflectors, these innovative sources not only look they also have an functional advantage: with its temperature of 6,000 Kelvin, LED resembles daylight much closely than xenon or halogen light. Drivers consequently suffer much fatigue when driving at

The interior offers a luxurious of motor racing atmosphere. Its is as sporty and exclusively as the exterior: the element here is the monoposto an expansive arc running around the wheel and instruments, connecting the to the car. The interior consequently up on the dynamism of the R8 and gives it tactile in a form that is accessible the you climb in.

Exceptionally spacious

For a sports the exceptional everyday suitability of the R8 is by the large amount of space, due in no measure to the generous wheelbase of metres. Whatever the build of the and passenger, they will be able to find their seated position. The view is very good for a mid-engine

Narrow A-posts optimise the of view to the front and sides.

The compartment is an important aspect of suitability: 100 litres fit beneath the lid, and there is room for with a total volume of a 90 litres behind the seats. And passionate golfers need not their sport when the R8: two full-size golf bags can be behind the seats.

The impression of in the interior is striking: even in the specification, the surfaces of the driving and door trims are meticulously with neatly finished seams. And the scope for customisation is as as the preferences of the R8’s future could conceivably be: piano carbon fibre and a wide of leathers are just some of the

Light but highly rigid

The body of a sports car needs to be light and rigid: low weight superior road performance, and is the crucial starting point for an driving feel allied to precision. The Audi Space body, made from provides the ideal basis for Audi has more expertise any other manufacturer worldwide in the and production of cars based on technology, and has channelled its accumulated into the R8.

The entire bodyshell of the R8 weighs 210 kilograms, the pinnacle of achievement sports cars in terms of design quality. It comprises sections, aluminium panels and complex cast nodes, together by 99 metres of weld 782 punch rivets and 382 self-tapping

Superlative precision in the production

This structure is created by hand at the R8 production shop in but with precision measuring and methods keeping a watchful eye the whole business: a laser system checks 220 points on body to within one-tenth of a and a special computer tomograph can the absolute quality of every with micron precision. A processing plant cuts and all 52 connecting points on the running and steering in a single pass. assures maximum precision in the geometry.

The aerodynamics experts at have done their so thoroughly on the R8 that, as an added of its elegant shape, the body produces a downforce – many other sports This promotes directional at high speeds. It is achieved by of the extending rear spoiler, but all thanks to the fully clad underbody.

Audi R8

Enormous propulsive across wide speed

The heart of the sports car is of course the As well as being exceptionally the eight-cylinder power unit of the R8 lustily and effortlessly up to very engine speeds, peaking at rpm. The reward is 420 bhp and an even of torque that produces propulsion across a wide of engine speeds.

The engine’s dry lubrication, typical of a race permits a particularly low installed and assures a constant oil supply in the toughest of driving conditions for instance on a racetrack. And the FSI direct underpins the very good performance with a highly combustion process.

The road performance is correspondingly the R8 dashes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds, whether with gearbox or with R tronic gearshifting. The needle hits 200 after only 14.9 and the engine’s propulsion is only held in check by rolling and drag at 301 km/h.

However, the character of the V8 stems not just its effortless propulsion, but equally its ample, versatile sound Thanks to ingenious fine-tuning Audi’s engineers isolated frequencies and then orchestrated an opus from the intake and sound.

Lightning start to Launch Control

The R8’s comes with six well-spaced that can be operated either in conjunction with the clutch, or via the R tronic. The R tronic is an entirely new that operates faster even the most adept of and offers racing-style thrills the shift paddles on the steering The R tronic accomplishes lightning-fast worthy of the racetrack thanks to Control.

The quattro permanent drive provides that extra dose of traction and safety. The system was adapted to the concept, with its ideal load distribution of 44:56 and directs between 10 and 35 percent of the power to the front wheels as

Precision suspension provides boost

The precision suspension of the R8 remains supremely in control of the performance, but is equally capable of relaxed driving pleasure long distances. The sports car steering movements with agility, always demonstrating good driving safety. The with double wishbones at the front and rear, is optimised for a self-steering response and maximum of control.

A particularly innovative damping is available for the R8 as an option: Audi ride adapts the suspension to the profile of the road and the driver’s within milliseconds. A generously-dimensioned system supplies the necessary force. It applies a total of 24 to the four studded brake

This braking performance can be topped by the optional ceramic They are even capable of the rigours of racing-style use.

standard equipment

The Audi R8 its superior performance with a surprising measure of everyday and an exclusive equipment specification. It ready-equipped for example with a 140 audio system, an alarm deluxe automatic air conditioning and the information system with stopwatch for taking lap times. The seats are trimmed in combined and the 18-inch wheels are fitted on alloy wheels.

The list of extras nevertheless includes a more highlights: for example, the range of customisation options, the parking system advanced integral rearview camera, and the Bang Olufsen sound Surround sound from high-end speakers with a 465 music output delivers an music experience.

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