Not many people know that the Audi R8 has been completely overhauled with the 2016 generation, receiving a lot of goodies such as a new platform, new suspension components, upgraded engines and even a new design. The 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus is the top of the range model which comes with the most powerful engine available for the car as well as a few other upgrades over the usual R8. Coming at around $190,000, the R8 Plus is not that cheap being dangerously close to the Huracan, its sibling. However, it is cheaper and this shows in the actual design of the car which is not as outstanding as that of the Lamborghini model. It is however impressive and quite practical as well.
2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Review
The car is already available for sale in select dealerships and it Audi will even take orders for it, allowing its customers to make the best out of its design with unique upgrades available.
The new platform the car is based on is quite similar to the older one. However, Audi now used a lot of new materials such as a new type of aluminum and they did reduce the amount of steel used on the car. This means that even though the new R8 is better equipped than before and it is even safer, the car is nearly 100 pounds lighter across the range which is very impressive.
2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Engine
The engine on the 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus is the same 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 as before which is a really nice feature to have, especially with the current trend of having down-sized engines with turbochargers. This time, the V10 in the R8 makes a really nice number at 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. This should allow the car to hit 60 MPH in around 3.2 seconds and go up to a maximum top speed of little over 205 MPH. This is not only better than before, it is also quite close to the Huracan.
In order to achieve this higher amount of power, the engine comes with a lot of unique additions to it. Firstly, there is a secondary fuel injection system which is there to improve fuel consumption at low RPM. On top of that, the car can disable up to 5 cylinders, so it will use less fuel during cruising. The expected fuel consumption is 20 MPG on average which is a lot better than most of its competitors.
Interior of New Audi R8
Luckily though, the engine is not what the R8 is about. The car is also very easy to use in any type of scenarios and thanks to the fact it is not built for circuit racing alone, under the front hood there is a decent sized trunk which could actually be used during medium to long trips. Also, inside the cabin there are a lot of storage spaces, cup holders and a lot of nice and premium materials such as leather, aluminum and carbon fiber. The driving position is excellent and the seats will certainly be very comfortable during high speed cruising. The only actual drawback we see is that the new model is a bit more cramped than before.
The exterior design also changed for the better and even though the car may seem identical for an untrained eye, the new 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus is definitely different. The actual design is more muscular than before and the lines are more clearly laid out. The front end features new headlights, new intake grilles as well as a new bumper while the sides do make it stand out a bit more with the same impressive side-intakes. The base design of the car has also been changed so it is not as curvy as before but rather more angled which makes it look more like a super-car than a sports car.