Our designers can’t seem to get their minds off the race track. Which is why you’ll find muscular, flared fenders to make room for wider tires and a honeycomb pattern on the Singleframe® grille inspired by our race cars and unique to Audi Sport vehicles.
We spend countless hours watching which way the wind blows. Directing air flow to create downforce, reduce lift, cool the brakes, and feed air to the engine requires precise shaping of spoilers, vents and intakes. Optimizing aerodynamics in the wind tunnel helps prevent a drag on performance.
You can’t reach the peak of performance without great power. The 5.2-liter FSI® V10 engine in the Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe or Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder is the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine we’ve ever engineered. Featuring a continuously variable intake and exhaust valvetrain system and a dual-injection fuel delivery system, power is delivered throughout the rev range, culminating in a redline of 8,700 rpm.
Hairpins, sweepers, double apex, decreasing radius, off camber. We’ve driven them all. Audi Sport cars are set up to turn in with precision and hold the line with composure. The quattro® all-wheel drive systems in Audi Sport vehicles are rear-biased to deliver dynamic handling performance. Countless laps on the world’s most challenging racetracks have proven we don’t drive around in circles for nothing.
Audi Sport vehicles feature large brake rotors and the clamping force of multi-piston calipers to generate the friction required for confidence-inspiring braking performance. Several Audi Sport vehicles are also available with advanced carbon ceramic braking systems.
It’s simple: The lighter the vehicle, the faster it responds to throttle, steering and braking inputs. Which is why we pioneered the use of lightweight materials with ASF®, an aluminum space frame design, and then improved upon it with an ASF® multi-material space frame that places aluminum, carbon composites and a mixture of other metals where their strength-to-weight properties are most effective.
We believe the spirit of racing was never meant to be confined to the track. It deserves to be unleashed. Audi Sport is the culmination of our high expectations, commitment to innovation, and passion for motorsport. We go beyond, striving for excellence and driven to achieve perfection. From the powerful TFSI engines, unique suspension tuning and sporty styling Audi Sport pushes every limit. Every vehicle is infused with authentic racing spirit; we test our vehicles on the racetrack to ensure optimal performance on the road. Audi Sport doesn’t just set the bar, it completely and consistently reinvents it.
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Tired of backseat drivers? Silence them with an Audi Sport vehicle.
We turned up the volume on our cars, now it’s your turn. Hear the intoxicating roar of the RS models featuring the naturally aspirated V10 in the R8, the burble of the 5 cylinder of the TT RS and seductive twin turbo V8 in the RS6 (model shown not available in Canada. Engine is available in the RS7 Sportback). Audi Sport models are made to be seen and heard.
With multiple events happening in winter, spring and fall now is your chance to experience an Audi on the edge. Featuring a closed course and the latest cars, all that is missing is the driver.Learn more
Audi Sport is more than a brand – it’s a lifestyle. All Audi Sport accessory products are carefully cultivated to meet the high level of expectation and style demanded by Audi drivers.Visit the Audi Boutique
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Those looking for a mid-engine European sports car and want the most bang-for-the-buck may not have to look beyond the Audi R8. The two-seat, all-wheel-drive mid-engine supercar shares much of its chassis and drivetrain bits with the more expensive Lamborghini Huracan for a significantly lower cost of entry.
First shown as a concept at the 2006 Paris auto show, the first-generation Audi R8 hit the streets in 2007 powered by Audi’s 417-hp 4.2-liter V-8 first used in the Audi RS4. For R8 duty, the V-8 featured a dry sump oiling system for a lower center of gravity and to prevent oil starvation in higher g corners. The engine was backed by either a six-speed manual or six-speed R tronic transmission (both sourced from the Lamborghini Gallardo). Power is routed to all four wheels (70 percent rear and 30 percent front) by the automaker’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Though it shared much of its aluminum space frame with the Gallardo, it rode on a longer wheelbase with unique suspension design and tuning.
In a 2008 comparison, the Audi R8 with the 4.2-liter V-8 finished first against the Porsche 911 Carrera 4. We concluded: “This car’s a real game changer. Almost as fast and exotic looking as a Lamborghini, and as easy to live with as, well, an Audi.”
In 2009, Audi added a 525-hp 5.2-liter V-10 to the Audi R8 coupe’s option list. Models with the V-10 featured full LED headlights standard. We said: “After driving the V-10, though, we’ll say this: ‘Audi has improved upon near-perfection.’ … Consider, too, this rare twist: When you’re debating the merits of one R8 over another, you’re enjoying an argument you just can’t lose.” A 2010 Audi R8 5.2 beat the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo in a comparison test.
The Audi R8 4.2 won our 2008 Best Handling Car competition.
While Audi first announced the soft-top Audi R8 Spyder a soft-top R8 Spyder 4.2 was confirmed shortly after. Both models arrived for the 2011 model year. A new seven-speed S tronic transmission was new for 2014. In testing, a 2014 Audi R8 Spyder 4.2 with the S tronic hit 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and finished the quarter-mile in 12.5 seconds at 110.6 mph.
Along with a refresh, 2012 brought a lightweight 2012 Audi R8 GT with a 560-hp version of the 5.2-liter V-10 featured carbon fiber aerodynamic bits (and lightweight fiberglass-reinforced plastic-frame sport seats on European models). Just 90 examples came to the U.S. The 2012 Audi R8 GT finished seventh of 11 cars in our 2011 Best Driver’s Car competition.
The Latest Generation
First shown at the 2015 Geneva auto show, the second-generation Audi R8 arrived for the 2017 model year in coupe and Spyder variants. Like the first-gen model, the new car shares much of its chassis bits with the new Lamborghini Huracan. Initially, the car will be powered by the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 offered in two states of tune: 532 hp and 398 lb-ft or 601 hp and 413 lb-ft in the V10 Plus model. The sole transmission offering is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The new R8 also features Audi’s new Virtual Cockpit with a reconfigurable 12.3-inch display that shows all vehicle information including infotainment and navigation directly ahead of the driver. We were impressed in our first test of a Euro-spec Audi R8 V10 Plus concluding that Audi did “Hell of a job” on its second-generation flagship. After giving it a go at the iconic road course at Daytona International Speedway we said: “One hot lap. That’s all you need to know the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus is the real deal, a proper sports car that’s more than just a loud exhaust and sexy silhouette.”
“It’s very controllable, but the understeer is actually downright frustrating,” said professional racer and Motor Trend hot shoe Randy Pobst about the R8 V10 Plus during his warmup lap at Big Willow.
Future powertrains could include a fully electric Audi R8 e tron model with a 455 hp and 679 lb-ft electric motor and a T-shaped lithium ion battery pack.
Although the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus only placed seventh out of 12 cars in our 2016 Best Driver’s Car competition, it finished first in World’s Greatest Drag Race 6, hitting 60 mph in 2.6 seconds and finishing the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds at 130.3 mph.
Rating based on 2018 Model
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