AUDI R8 – RIMINI, ITALY
Audi has done it again for 2014 with its styling team in coming up with a new direction as the R8 continues to sizzle.
The Audi R8 exterior aesthetics have been improved for 2014 by stylists reworking the front shield and the rear bumper designs. The rear section remains very similar while the slightly redesigned front grille takes notice. The rims were also reinvigorated along with the side vents. Exterior changes to the headlights and tailights are quickly more noticeable due to the inclusion of additional LEDs being intertwined for a more imposing appearance. A "dynamic turn signal" function that runs an illuminated bar of 30+ LEDs in a sequential pattern captures immediate attention.
While the interior received minor changes including updated switch mechanisms and precision instrument needles, perhaps the most immediate change one will notice is the inclusion of "quilted leather" and matching "Alcantara" headliner material.
The R8 Audi 5.2 liter, V10, 550 HP engine package provides for a robust drive and an overall impressive performance. The most significant change is the one made to the gear box which remains integral to the double clutch automatic transmission. The design is both lighter and more compact which enhances the R8's performance. Audi will utilize the new "S-Tronic 7 Speed" twin-clutch transmission unit for this new 2014 generation Audi R8. It provides for improved acceleration and enhanced fuel economy. This replaces the old "R-Tronic" automated manual transmission which was known for slow shifting and somewhat shaky engagement. The eight cylinder engine is dynamic and easily handles its aluminum/magnesium body structure which weighs in the neighborhood of 3,500 lbs.
The evolution of the Audi R8 is stunning made through its refined enhancements. The revised styling combined with a new dual-clutch transmission and the addition of a V10 Plus model creates a 2014 Audi R8 certainly worthy of its $125K – $175K price tag.
Audi – 2014 R8 Stats
Engine/Motor: 5.2L V10, 550 HP
Transmission: S-Tronic 7 Speed" twin-clutch transmission
Sprint Timing (0-60 Time): 3.5 Seconds
Seating Capacity: 2
Max Speed: 200 MPH
Estimated MPG: 12 mpg/city
Audi – 2014 R8