2007 Audi R8

Paris Auto Show, September 28, 2006 – Outwardly based on the Le Mans concept car first released at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new R8 takes advantage of Audi’s immense motor sport program and puts them on the supercar map for the first time. Highlights include a lightweight aluminum space frame, Quattro four-wheel drive and a 420 bhp V8.

A dry sump version of the RS4’s engine is used with FSI direct injection pioneered by the LeMans racecar its named after. Having the dry sump allows Audi to push the engine lower to the ground, while the two-step direct injection provides for more bhp and better fuel economy.

Power is given to all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro permanent four wheel system that uses a viscous clutch for front and rear power distribution. This is attached to either a 6-speed manual or shift-by-wire R-Tronic transmission. For the later, twin paddles are included behind the steering wheel and send electronic signals to an electro-hydraulic gearbox.

The exterior of the car is compact with curious air apertures below the front and rear lights give the R8 a distinctive flair. Aerodynamics also dictated some of the design which has two large diffuser openings and a small popup rear spoiler that provides additional down force.

Inside, the R8 has room for two and a golf-bag sized storage behind the sports seats. The dashboard has a high center console and the steering wheel has a flat bottom like many of Audi’s motor sports cars. Many interior options are available including a carbon fibre trim kit, bucket seats and a rear view camera.

One interesting development on the R8 is the use of magnetorheological dampers probably sourced from Delphi. The very same units are used on the Corvette and Ferrari 599 to instantly change the viscosity of the dampers and adjust suspension damping on the fly.

R8 made its official debut one day before the Paris Auto Show in La Defense with speeches from Tom Kristensen and Jacky Ickx. It was later shown at the Paris Motor Show where Audi took the very first orders that will be delivered in mid-2007.

Production will begin at the historic Neckarsulm site which currently builds chassis for the Lamborghini Gallardo. Each car will be custom built with the only major option being the R-Tronic transmission. Base price will be around $130 000 USD which makes it direct competition to the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Story by Richard Owen for Supercars.net

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
released at2006 Paris Motor Show
built atNeckarsulm, Germany
price $$ 114,200
engineAudi BYH 90º V8 w/Dry Sump Lubrication
positionMid Lonitudinal
block materialALUSIL Aluminium-Silicon Alloy w/Silicon Crystal Liners
valvetrainChain-Driven DOHC 4 Valves per Cyl w/2-Stage Variable Intake
fuel feedFSI Direct Injection
displacement4163 cc / 254.0 in³
bore84.5 mm / 3.33 in
stroke92.8 mm / 3.65 in
power309 kw / 414.4 bhp @ 7800 rpm
specific output99.54 bhp per litre
bhp/weight265.64 bhp per tonne
torque430 nm / 317.2 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
body / frameMagnesium & Aluminum Body over Aluminum Spaceframe
driven wheelsPermanent Quattro 4WD w/Electronic Diffential Lock (EDL)
wheel type6-Arm Forged Aluminum
front tires235/35ZR19 91Y Pirelli P-Zero
rear tires295/30ZR19 100Y Pirelli P-Zero
front brakesCarbon Composite Discs w/Brembro 8-Piston Fixed Calipers, ABS, ASR
rear brakesCarbon Composite Discs w/Brembro 4-Piston Fixed Calipers, ABS, ASR
front wheelsF 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19 x 10.5 in
rear wheelsR 48.3 x 26.7 cm / 19 x 10.5 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Hydrualic Assist
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Audi Magnetorheological Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Audi Magnetorheological Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight1560 kg / 3439 lbs
weight distro44 % / 56 %
wheelbase2650 mm / 104.3 in
front track1633 mm / 64.3 in
rear track1592 mm / 62.7 in
length4430 mm / 174.4 in
width1900 mm / 74.8 in
height1250 mm / 49.2 in
transmission6-Speed Manual or R-tronic 6-Speed R-Tronic
gear ratios4.37:1, 2.71:1, 1.88:1, 1.41:1, 1.13:1, 0.93:1
final drive3.46:1
top speed~300.88 kph / 187 mph
0 – 60 mph~4.4 seconds
0 – 100 mph~10.7 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~12.8 seconds
fuel econ epa13 L/100 km or 18.5 mpg-us

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Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum


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Auction Source: 2011 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company