Audi’s pin-up R8 V10 Coupe is super sublime
HALOS come with four rings and a boot-load of power in the case of Audi's new R8.
The 2016 Audi R8 coupe has officially arrived Down Under powered by a monstrous V10 which can launch the two-seater sports car from standstill to 100kmh in 3.2 seconds. Oh, and if you keep you foot to the floor it will manage 200kmh in less than 10 seconds on the way to a top speed of 330kmh.
That makes it the fastest ever production Audi.
Officially launched in the highlands outside of Canberra this week, the base R8 starts from $354,900 before adding on roads...although it's the $389,900 Plus derivative which will account for most sales.
For your $389K you get a Lamborghini-derived V10 which generates 449 kilowatts and 560 Newton metres of torque. Go for the less expensive option, and the total power output drops to 397kW and torque peaks at 540Nm.
With the V8 engine option ousted, this new R8 wears an all-new space frame which is made from a combination of aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced polymer. It's shorter and wider than the car it replaces, while rigidity has been improved by 40%.
Built in conjunction with the GT3 race car, this thing is a genuine beast is a sublime and sexy skin.
Introduce your right foot to the floor and the scenery rapidly becomes a blur, all accompanied by a sound which negates the need for the flashy Bang and Olufsen stereo.
While the seven-speed automatic box does an impressive job of finding the right cog, using the steering wheel mounted paddles offers delightful fun and you explore the high-reving realms right until the 8500rpm redline.
It turns nicely too, punting the R8 into the twisty stuff it corners and hangs on with claw-like grip. Aided by all-wheel drive and a swag of technological gizmos which can swing 100% of torque front or rear, it makes any driver look good.
Yet you do all this in reasonable comfort.
For starters, the "deluxe" air conditioning actually works. And there is a spot to put your phone or wallet, close to the dual USB ports.
Also, when you pop the console there are a pair of cup holders. That's downright opulent in the world of supercars, where most are stripped of all niceties to gain minuscule performance improvements.
Although the Plus' bucket seats are quite cosseting with high bolsters. It will test the dexterity of those with husky dimensions, although you can option the range-topper with the standard Sport seats which offer greater adaptability and electronic control.
Brutally fast with outrageous good looks - but with a dash of sensibility.
Model: 2016 Audi R8.
Details: Two-door mid-engined all-wheel-drive supercar.
Engine: 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 generating maximum power 397kW @ 8250rpm and peak torque of 540Nm @ 6500rpm; Plus 449kW @ 8250rpm and 560Nm @ 6500rpm.
Transmission: Seven-speed S tronic auto.
Consumption: 12.3 litres/100km (combined average).
CO2: 272g/km; Plus 287g/km.
Performance: 0-100kmh in 3.5 seconds (top speed 320kmh); Plus 3.2-seconds (330kmh).
Bottom line plus on-roads: R8 $354,900, Plus $389,900.