Audi R8 Coupe Models and R8 Coupe History
Descending from several concept cars and the German auto maker's milestone 24 Hours of Le Mans winning sports car activities, the mid-engine, two-seat Audi R8 was born as a high-performance car meant to challenge the best production cars in the world. Standard equipped with quattro all-wheel drive and constructed on an aluminum structure shared with the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R8 Coupe premiered in 2007 and received much fanfare. Early Audi R8 Coupes came exclusively a 4.2-liter V-8 engine generating 420 horsepower allowing 0 to 60-mile per hour runs to be accomplished in roughly four seconds. A 525-horsepower, 5.2-liter V-10 powerplant was added to the R8 Coupe line for the 2010 model year. For 2012, a limited production Audi R8 GT model applied a large, fixed rear spoiler and a 560-horsepower version of the ten-cylinder engine. The R8 GT also featured an extensive use of carbon fiber construction that would be instituted into the 2017 redesign of the Audi R8 Coupe. The 2017 Audi R8 Coupe featured a heavily-revised exterior style, upgraded interior with a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument panel and base power of 540 horsepower from a 5.2-liter V-10 engine. Limited to just 25 vehicles, the 2017 R8 V10 plus exclusive debuted the first use of laser lighting in a road car for the United States. For 2018, laser lighting is extended as standard equipment on all Audi R8 Coupes.