2017 Audi R8 as fast as a Lamborghini’s Huracán!

January 01 2020
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Although the Audi R8 and Huracán have a lot in common like engine configurations, chassis and the suspension basics, the bias towards the Huracán has now changed to a more even level. The reason is a 610 horsepower under the Audi R8 hood. Audi has shown how serious they are about not standing on the motoring sidelines, with their R8 being transformed into what must be seen as a 610 hp supercar. The “Plus” edition of this vehicle competes in getaway speed with the latest Lamborghini Huracán; with an impressive 3.1 seconds zero to 100 km/h. If that doesn’t grab your attention, then a fast-reacting electromagnetic clutch should attract attention. This is a necessary addition due to the increased amount of torque generated by the Audi R8 V10 engine being directed towards the rear end. This enables improved emulation of rear-wheel-drive agility, with the safety of AWD.

Perhaps with the racetrack in mind, the R8 design engineers have established a firmer suspension with more rigid springs and dampers in the Plus model, with the Magnetic Ride system. This simulated supercar designing is also seen in the cabin of the Audi R8 with all controlling influences now being incorporated into the steering wheel. The drive-mode selector, start button, and traction control systems, as well as a feature that releases extra decibels from the exhaust system, are within easy reach of your fingertips.

Supercar image

It cannot be ignored or hidden, even if you wanted to, that like the Lamborghini Huracán the R8 possesses a racetrack and supercar image. With the Plus model advantage is a fixed 13.0:1 steering ratio related to a most consistent handling ability. The base version of the vehicle, complete with adjustable seats, offers a variable ratio system that of between 10.0:1 and 17.5:1, which permits easier parking and highway stability. Looking at the complete package, they all project the image of a supercar, particularly the Audi Plus presentation. This, however, is a car that is a real deal. It stimulates the senses, and is definitely not just another sedan with supercar pretensions! Supporting this is a highly impressive top speed of 330 km/h!

What is apparent is that the aura of this Audi model has changed significantly. For some, it was previously a car with ambitions. Today, the new Audi R8 is a serious vehicle and anyone looking for a show-off car image could be in for a serious surprise! For example, the top-line model can attain a speed faster than that of the Le Mans model edition, complete with non-adjustable racing bucket seats fitted as standard. They are leather and well upholstered, but non-adjustable, but like the car, serve their driving purpose, perfectly. Again, this is serious driving and designed for a specific purpose.