Audi’s New 602HP R8 V10 Plus Detailed In New Gallery With 108 Pics

As the first customer cars are being prepared for delivery, Audi releases a fresh batch of R8 V10 Plus photos, showing the German halo car in all of its glory.

Whether you like it or not, Audi has chosen its usual path of developing the original design of the R8 instead of coming up with something entirely new, but under its familiar shape, the German company has applied a lot of its tricks in order for the R8 to remain among the best in its class.

Up to 50kg lighter than its predecessor, the new R8 V10 Plus is one of the last naturally aspirated options a buyer has in the segment as Audi kept the sonorous 5.2-litre V10 unit for its pride and joy. Audi has updated the engine for better performance and fuel efficiency with the numbers reading 610PS (602hp) and 560Nm (413lb.ft) of torque, which are good enough for a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of a 205mph (330km/h).

Audi says that the power increase came from an additional indirect injection system which also helps the R8 score better fuel economy figures with a Cylinder-On-Demand system also on board. Audi claims the new R8 uses up to 10 per cent less fuel, with the figures for the Plus model to be 12.4 lt/100km (19.0 US mpg) and 289gr/km of CO2 emissions.

The Audi Drive Select System gives the driver the choice between four different modes (comfort, auto, dynamic and individual) while the virtual cockpit we saw in the Lamborghini Huracan and the Audi TT offers different levels of information at the flick of a button.

The range-topping Plus model is priced from €187,400 in Germany and £134,500 in the United Kingdom, entering a special segment where the competition is expected to explode, with cars like the AMG GT S, the 911 Turbo and the upcoming baby McLarens, the 540C and 570S.

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  • Kash

    I like the simplicity of the cabin but i wish the radio was still in the middle instead of in the cluster.

  • Six_Tymes

    Wow, I think this looks fantastic. I just wish the Plus model came with the 4.0 V8 Twin Turbo instead of the V10.

  • V10 plus is supposed to be the more powerfull, not a fan of the power race of these days, but must admit, 610HP for a new car supposed to against 488 GTB, 650s seems like strange decision. For Lamborghini and the Huracan theyre is the problem of getting in Aventador Territory if it gets too powerfull. We know power is not all but hey… If I was rich I would buy the first R8 V8 Manual, just for the looks, the Gear box H grill… and V8 because I’m no super Hero of the track. In my experience, if you’re not alonso, you have more fun in a Cayman S than in a 458.

    • Vassilis

      If they made this more powerful than the Huracan there would be a problem which I think you can clearly see. It certainly isn’t as quick as the 488 or the 650S but it’s still a very, very fast car.

      • Gareth Siew

        just over 600bhp on a naturally aspirated V10 was already powerful enough, comparing to the V8TT on both the 650S and the 488. I think that Lambo will most probably bumping slightly more power for the Huracan Superleggera (and will be lighter)

  • kachuks

    So this design, I think, just grew on me. How does Audi do that?

  • Vassilis

    I prefer this to the Huracan.

  • Gareth Siew

    The only thing I don’t really like on this R8 is the shift knob, it’s not sporty at all 🙁

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    this means the Huracan will need to go to 650 bph in SV spec

    • Gareth Siew

      Not exactly, it could be 615 or 620 bhp, but will be lighter and/or more aggressive bodykits for better downforce (and it most probably called the Superleggera)

  • Blanka Li

    All that horsepower development . . . for Tesla (P85d) to poop on!!

  • J Hod

    “ya its new”-audi; u mean ‘slightly different’. its simply become another good car