Versatility is the hallmark of the Audi R8, whose various incarnations have consistently grabbed the attention of the automotive world for over seven years. From the roofless, 14.9 mpg Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro to the zero-emission e-tron, American Audi enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating new models of the R8 by the end of this year.
A 5.2 liter V10 will come standard on the 2013 R8, pumping out 550 hp and 398 pound-feet of torque. The new S-tronic transmission is seen as an improvement over the older R-tronic transmission, featuring two multi-plate clutches. Audi’s signature Magnetic Ride allows the vehicle to switch between sports mode and normal mode by way of an electrically charged fluid whose viscosity can be changed instantly by applying a magnetic field to it.
Wheels powered by Audi’s Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system are the foundation to a body composed of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, while inside the convenience of a bluetooth seatbelt microphone makes it easier and safer to take a phone call while driving. Parking cameras and a navigation system that continually updates traffic information round out the interior.
Several commentators have said that the lines of new R8 borrow heavily from the Lamborghini Gallardo, sister to Audi within the larger Volkswagen family, which in the eyes of many is a great news.
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