Audi R8 coupe is a beauty to behold and a marvel to drive. It indeed offers you the closest experience of a racing car on the road. The powerful 5.2 Litre engine can sprint from 0 to 100 Kmph in just 3.2 seconds. Audi unveiled it for the first time during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and the car become available to the Indian automobile lovers at the 13th Auto Expo. It has many exciting features which you can only find in a sports car.
Audi R8 has a looks to die for with the stylish honey-comb mesh grille, futuristic LED headlamps, and large air vents in the front fascia. Audi has kept the styling simple, offering it a bold sports car look. It has sharp lines on the hood and bold ORVMs matching the sporty semblance. You can also opt for laser light in the front having a range of 600 metres. The car comes with flared wheel arches sitting on top of 20-inch alloy wheels. There is a big carbon-fibre rear wing with ample carbon inserts inside-out along with carbon-ceramic brake rotors. The coupe is available in many bright shades including Vegas Yellow, Ibis White, Dynamite Red, Mythos Black, Camouflage Green, Macaw Blue, Tango Red, Suzuka Grey, and Floret Silver.
The interiors of R8 have a luxurious treatment with premium leather upholstery and the advance bucket seats. The comfortable seats hold the riders safely during cornering manoeuvres and coddle in long journeys. You also find an innovative configurable 12.3-inch virtual cockpit which has bid goodbye to most of the buttons and knobs, seen in the older siblings. The top-notch infotainment system has integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay taking care of the navigation and entertainment of the riders.
Under the hood you get a high-capacity 10 Cylinder 5.2 Litre engine churning out a maximum power of 602 bhp@8250 rpm and a peak torque of 560 Nm@6500 rpm. A 7-Speed S-Tronic automatic transmission gearbox having five driving modes channelises power to Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The top speed of this coupe 330 Kmph which is highly impressive. The vigorous ceramic brakes (6-piston fixed-calliper front and 4-piston fixed-calliper rear) allow you to shoot around the bends. Audi R8 provides a rich driving experience in spite of being a precise race-track bred car.
This luxury sports car comes with an INR 2.72 crore Ex-Showroom Price (Inclusive GST) price tag. Only a handful cars like Mercedes-Benz AMT GT, BMW i8 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage offer competition to R8.
There are several advantages of driving an Audi R8.
• The cabin is luxurious and ergonomically designed. The latest 12.3-inch virtual cockpit enables the driver to control all functions within an arm’s reach. • The five driving modes-Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Individual and Performance with tamed power delivery makes it a multifunctional car. • The aluminium chassis body with carbon fibre-reinforced plastics improves the rigidity of the coupe by 40 per cent in spite of reducing its weight by 15 per cent. • The Quattro all-wheel-drive system makes R8 glued to the road so that it does not oversteer on the highways.
In spite of having so many advantages, there are a few drawbacks in R8.
• The seating capacity is only two which make it less practical for family driving. • The price range of INR 2.72 crore makes it difficult to own. • The steering does not come with the feel, which one expects in a car of this segment.
Finally, we can say that if you are looking super stylish sports car and ready to shell out more than INR 3 crore to drive it on the road, Audi R8 is the best choice for you.