Audi R8 and R8 Plus to Come With A Turbocharged Engine

17 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2017 Audi R8 is racetrack-ready, but comfortable enough for everyday life (+video).

“The R8 is born at Le Mans.” So said “Mr. As per the manufacturers, the base-model R8 stretches an output of 540 horsepower, and needs only 0.3 seconds longer to accelerate up to 60mph compared to its brother R8 plus.The Audi company which was established in 1899 by August Horch and recognizable by its four ring insignia is giving the racing fans and aficionados the chance to test-drive its new-fangled R8 model turbocharged engine vehicle without any charge under the initiative of its “Supercars on Demand” program on Wednesday.Yes, we whiffed on our piece on the 2017 Audi R8 – the V10 Plus is NOT a turbo engine, despite its muscular 610-horsepower capabilities. (Editor’s note – That’s since been corrected!) But recent quotes from Audi research and development head Ulrich Hackenberg suggest that the supercar may one day be getting a turbo option at some point in the future. Le Mans,” now-retired race driver and nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen in a promotional video that Audi showed at the press drive for the 2017 R8 supercar.

Some of the board members of the automaker just summed up base model of the new offering in two simple words “forced induction” without forgetting to add that it was an “entry level supercar”. The Audi’s newest providing in the supercar area of interest is dubbed as Audi R8 V10 Plus and it’s teeming with ample energy and spectacular acceleration. According to the executive, Audi will focus on naturally aspirated engines for the time being, and if and when Audi decides to outfit the R8 with a turbo, it will be within the current model cycle.

According to reports, this possible turbo option will replace the naturally-aspirated V8 as the R8’s base option, but it’s not sure what kind of turbo this engine would be. R8’s V10 is a workhorse with its immense 413 pound-feet torque, 610-hp power and ability to reach a break-neck velocity of 60mph from rest in just 3.2 seconds. Some have speculated that it may be a twin-turbo V6 like the one that will be powering the next-generation RS4, or a turbo five based on the RS3’s power plant.

It was developed alongside the R8 LMS race car that competed in the FIA’s GT3 series, bringing the fruits of Audi’s racing heritage to the street. The Gallardo, Luc Donckerwolke’s evolution of a Giugiaro proposal, was categorized by the brand’s trademark angularity, and with no mess and controversy that embellishes the existing Lamborghinis.

Ulrich Hackenberg stated during the R8 launch event that was staged in Portugal last week, “It is inevitable that we (Audi) will go to a turbocharged motor for it (R8) at some point.” Hackenberg added, “It doesn’t mean we are not going to do a turbo, but naturally aspirated is here to stay as well.” The two variants are well-capable of reaching remarkable top speed of 200mph, though people who had driven the Plus said that they felt a small increase at speed of 205mph. The second-generation R8 is built on the Modular Sportscar System (MSS) aluminum spaceframe that also underpins the Huracán from corporate partner Lamborghini.

This unique system can use either cylinder bank to power the car, and when the deactivated bank dips below optimal operating temperature, the system can switch banks. New software tuning and a bump in compression from 12.5:1 to 12.7:1 help to increase horsepower from 525 to 540 and torque from 391 to 398 pound-feet in the base V10 model. Tap the Performance mode button (the little checkered flag) on the steering wheel so it shuts off traction control, hit the brake with your left foot, stomp on the throttle, and let go of the brake. Tool around in Comfort or Auto and the R8 is downright pliant, soaking up bumps more like an A4 than a supercar and executing relaxed shifts of the S Tronic. Opt for Dynamic mode and the ride gets firmer but is still fairly supple, and the steering adds heft but is still too light for our tastes, lacking the weight and therefore stability we would like during high-speed cornering.

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