For 2008, an all-wheel drive, two-seat, mid-engined product immediately changed the way many looked at the Germany company Audi. Audi converted the name of their famous Le Mans-winning R8 prototype race car as the identity of their supercar. The production Audi R8 borrowed underpinnings from the Lamborghini Gallardo but featured a completely unique style and character. A 420-horsepower 4.2-liter V-8 engine powered the first Audi R8 supercars with the momentum to propel from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds. For 2010, a 525-horsepower 5.2-liter V-10 engine was introduced. Another major change followed in 2011 as a convertible R8 Spyder joined the hardtop coupe body style. Providing a 560-horsepower engine, the limited edition Audi R8 GT also included functional motorsport-inspired touches such as a fixed rear spoiler and the extensive use of carbon fiber components. This exotic lightweight material would also become key to the second-generation 2017 Audi R8. A virtual cockpit display system is among several bold additions to the updated R8. V-10 engines producing 540 or 610 horsepower, depending on the model, as well as an all-electric e-tron Audi R8 will be offered.
A one-year pause sees a triumphant return for the coveted Audi R8 model. Its comeback is denoted by new safety measures, auto-manual transmission, and the always well-trimmed interior and curvaceous exterior that you’ve grown to know and love.
The desirable halo supercar for the German auto company which many want but fewer can afford, the 2011 Audi R8 remains a hot exotic car thanks to 420 and 525 horsepower engines as well as a new drop-top R7 Spyder.