Audi has incorporated the name and the genes of the five-time Le Mans winner into a spectacular sports car. Only three years after unveiling the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car, the production version has made its debut at the Paris Motor Show and is on display at Auto Africa.
It's a fascinating driving machine and the sporty pinnacle of the Audi brand. The mid-mounted 309kW V8 FSI engine, quattro permanent four-wheel drive and Audi Space Frame aluminum body forms the basis for truly outstanding driving dynamics.
The performance figures are equally impressive: the R8 accelerates from a standstill to 100kmh in 4,6 seconds and reaches an unrestricted top speed of 301kmh.
As the first Audi mid-engined sports car, the R8 combines Audi's experience gained from numerous motor sport triumphs with ground-breaking design.
On the Audi R8 the quattro system is adapted to the axle load distribution typical of mid-engined cars. The central position of the engine is key to exceptional driving dynamics because it allows for a weight distribution of 44 percent to the front and 56 percent to the rear of the vehicle.