Sharing just under 50% of the same parts as the R8 GT3 LMS race car, the Audi R8 Coupe is bred through the lens of motorsport. The 540-hp or 610-hp V10 plus engine epitomizes the mid-engine drivetrain concept, providing ideal vehicle balance through its center of gravity and dynamic weight transfer characteristics.
Sometimes a bright idea really does shine. Case in point, our iconic LED daytime running lights and LED headlights. While they were intended to help make you more visible to other drivers and provide unparalleled visibility at night, we thought they could also serve double duty as a beautiful styling statement. It’s just another way we’re lighting the way on design.
An exotic supercar deserves a drivetrain to match. Luckily, the R8 comes equipped with our legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system. Specifically tailored to the high-performance demands of an exotic car, quattro® actively sends power to the wheels with the most grip, enhancing acceleration and cornering performance. It’s just another way the R8 keeps you ahead of the curve.
A true sports car gives you a powerful engine that stirs your soul. The R8 gives you three. A 430-hp FSI® V8 engine delivers an authentic super car experience, while a 525-hp FSI® V10 engine provides levels of acceleration you never thought possible. And our 550-hp FSI® engine doesn’t just give you bragging rights you can talk about – it gives you the kind you can actually show.
The Audi virtual cockpit is a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument display that allows the driver to customize information such as navigation and audio, offering Classic and Infotainment modes as well as Google Earth™. The R8 Coupe has a third option: Sport mode, which displays a large, central tachometer and performance statistics, such as a lap timer, horsepower and torque gauge, G-meter, tire pressures and temperatures.
The R8 Coupe features a unique application of quattro®, which emulates a rear-wheel drive vehicle, but with the ability to send up to 100% of available torque to the front axle, depending on the driving situation. This is made possible by advanced technologies, like the electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch, the addition of torque vectoring and quattro® integration within the Audi drive select system.
Designed specifically for the Audi R8, the Bang & Olufsen® Sound System offers premium audio technology as standard equipment on the R8 V10, and is available on the V10 plus models. The system features 13 active speakers and a strategically placed subwoofer in the chamber of the front wheel, resulting in 550 watts of crystalline sound.
Standard on the R8 Coupe and R8 V10 plus, Audi advanced key offers the next generation of keyless entry technology. Open the doors or start up the engine of the R8 without even reaching for your pocket.
This feature uses front and rear acoustic sensors to help detect when you are close to another object, while a rear view camera helps provide additional visibility when backing up.