Next-gen Audi R8 to exclusively feature V10 engines, electric steering at launch

Audi R8
To say that the next-generation Audi R8 is highly anticipated would be a serious understatement. Part of the car’s allure is the secrecy surrounding it, as Audi has kept most of the juicy details under lock and key.

Or in this case, a sheet.

We got our first official glimpse at the vehicle’s laser headlights this week, and we know that like its predecessor, the all-wheel drive R8 will ride on a Lamborghini platform. This time, it will share its bones with the Huracán LP610-4. Of these things we are sure.

Fresh off a few laps in the second-generation supercar, Top Gear has just given us several new tidbits regarding the 2017 model.

With the new architecture, the upcoming R8 will be 40 percent stiffer than its antecedent, while also sitting 30 mm lower and weighing “just under” 1500 kg (3,306 pounds) dry.

The Audi will be offered exclusively with a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 when it’s launched, but there will be two versions: one with 532 horsepower and 399 pound-feet of torque and a ‘V10 Plus’ variant with 610 hp and 413 lb-ft.

According to Top Gear, the base car will be good for 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 11.3 seconds, and a top speed of 200 mph.

As for the range-topper, those specs will improve to 3.2 seconds, 9.9 seconds, and 206 mph respectively. Both engines will be mated to the brand’s ‘S-Tronic’ dual-clutch transmission for now. The V10 Plus also fits ceramic brakes as standard.

Concerning the handling, Audi’s wizards have cooked up a new AWD design that features a cooling differential at the front with a limited slip mounted to the rear. The system is constantly variable, the report says, although standard power distribution is 42:58. However, up to 100 percent of the V10’s torque can be shuttled to the back wheels if needed.

The coupe will also equip electro-mechanical steering for the first time, replacing the old car’s hydraulic layout. The system will reportedly be able to adapt to dry and wet conditions, and if you’re feeling brave, snow.

The R8’s technical lead, Roland Schala, also told TG that the new car could birth several new versions over its lifespan.

“The production line for this new car is so flexible,” he said, “so there’s no problem to change it, to bring different models like a Superleggera, or GT, or Clubsport variants of the new R8.”

Could that mean the expansion of the vehicle’s engine lineup? Possibly, but it’s still too early to tell.

“We’re not quite sure what the next step is,” Schala explained, “but we definitely need engines that sit below the V10 over the life cycle of this car.”

“As low as a V6? Maybe,” he said. “The V6 is a perfect engine for this kind of car. We have a lot of potential with the V6, from 400 bhp upwards, so it’s possible.”


Can electric motors finally make three-wheeled cars great?

Every few years, someone tries to sell a three-wheeled vehicle to Americans. Historically, it hasn’t gone very well. We’ve got our suspicions about why people don’t buy trikes, and they boil down to this: a trike is just not a real…

If Batman became a race car driver, he’d hit the track in the Vuhl 05RR

Mexican sports car Vuhl revealed the hardcore 05RR, a roadster that blurs the line between a track car and a street-legal car. The 05RR stands out with a design that looks right out of a video game and a 385-horsepower engine.

In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.
Emerging Tech

Too buzzed to drive? Don’t worry — this autonomous car-bar will drive to you

It might just be the best or worst idea that we've ever heard: A self-driving robot bartender you can summon with an app, which promises to mix you the perfect drink wherever you happen to be.

Lyft and Aptiv’s self-driving car program has come a long way (but not far enough)

Many companies talk about self-driving cars, but Lyft and Aptiv are already using a fleet of them to transport paying customers in Las Vegas. Hop in for a close look at the tech of autonomous cars, and the challenges they face.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Michigan OKs digital license plates with Rplate’s connected car platform

The state of Michigan approved the use of digital license plates on motor vehicles registered in the state. Reviver Auto, the manufacturer of the Rplate connected car platform, worked with Michigan's Department of State to pass the bill.

This Chevy Silverado pickup truck is made from more than 300,000 Lego bricks

To promote The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Lego and Chevrolet teamed up on a life-size replica of the automaker's Silverado pickup truck made from more than 300,000 plastic bricks.

Prices for using Tesla Supercharging just skyrocketed

Tesla is updating their Supercharging pricing based on local electricity rates and customer demand, which has lead to an increase in charging costs by as much as 33 percent in some regions.

Is Uber planning to put its self-driving tech into bikes and scooters?

Uber reportedly has its eye on building autonomous electric bikes and scooters that ride to a user when summoned by an app. The technology could also be used to make its two-wheelers safer with obstacle avoidance systems.

Someone just paid supercar money for the very first 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.

Lincoln’s stately, limited-edition flagship sedan sells out in a month

The 1961 Lincoln Continental became a design icon thanks to center-opening "coach doors" (also known as "suicide doors"). Lincoln is bringing those doors back for a special edition of the 2019 Continental.

Volkswagen is planning a tougher challenge for its all-electric I.D. R

The Volkswagen I.D. R electric race car will head to the Nürburgring for a lap-record attempt. Volkswagen will reportedly aim to set the quickest lap time ever by an electric car with the I.D. R.