Spy Images of the Second Generation Audi R8 Leaked
|   Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Audi has returned to the test track at Nürburgring, with their second generation R8 super car, ahead of its official reveal in 2015. These spy images showcase this vehicle at par with Lamborghini's Huracan super sports car, which seems to share certain design elements, parts and structure with this vehicle. Despite the test mule being heavily camouflaged, exterior changes are evident. Audi has given then R8 super car, a complete designing overhaul.


Basic dimensions however are similar to its predecessor. Introduction of a front grille with smaller air inlets along with a new head lamp cluster are seen, while its rear part sports a large diffuser along with sports exhaust pipes. Insiders at Audi have confirmed the company's plans to follow similar basic layout as their Huracan and this vehicle sports a longer wheel base with wider tracks.

Audi has confirmed the use of aluminum on most of its next generation vehicles, in order to save weight. A similar exterior frame will be used on their upcoming R8 e-tron, which is to be powered by a range of V8 and V10 engine blocks. The next generation R8 is expected to draw power from a 5.2 liter engine, lifted off the Huracan, while this unit is expected to displace 602 BHP.

Acceleration from 0 – 60 MPH is possible well under 3.2 seconds, which is quite effective even for a supercar. Top speeds in the range of 200+ MPH should be easily attainable, even though we are not quite sure of actual top speeds, as it can be electronically limited. Without official word coming in, it will be difficult to comment on this situation right now.

All engine options are to be mated to dual clutch seven speed transmission systems, while being based on an all wheel drive train. We could be looking at better suspension options, as firm boss Ulrich Hackengerg has hinted at smoother driving and additional comfort. This would be a potent modification to a range that is completely new in most aspects. A smaller capacity engine could also be soon introduced to the R8, although it will be turbo charged, in order to offer similar type of performance.

Interior options and trim levels are yet to be officially revealed, although we expect Audi to be tightlipped right up to the original launch date. However, spy shots could come out any time in advance. Audi is currently focused on age and market specific customers, which should give it an edge over competitors in class. Engine options are also being selected according to the needs of specific markets.

For example, the cars headed for Europe will be cleaner and more efficient, with diminished performance than the cars headed for America, which need to be performance specific. The e-tron is a widely awaited vehicle around the globe too and we hope to test driving both cars simultaneously. This is however a few months away. Hence, you need to stay tuned, in order to catch up with the latest trends around the globe!
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