The V10 naturally aspirated engine is alive: After a short break, the 2020 Audi R8 Coupe returns in the spring of 2019 – cleaner, stronger and faster. First ride in the revved supercar.
He had taken a little break. To detoxify, so to speak. In the spring Audi had deleted the R8 from the program because the engines did not meet the latest EU emissions standard. In early 2019, the 2020 Audi R8 Coupe comes back. Cleaner, slightly lifted and stronger than before. Although the new emission standard requires the use of a particulate filter that costs performance.
But Audi has used Lamborghini. In the Huracan Performante, the same ten-cylinder vacuum is used as in the R8, but with a modified valve train and titanium components. The Ingolstadt engineers have snapped that and transplanted it into the top model renamed R10 V10 Plus in V10 Performance Quattro. That adds up to 10 hp of power, now comes to 620 hp, the torque increases by 30 to 560 Newton meters.
2020 Audi R8 Coupe Specs
Thus, Audi more than compensates for the negative influence of the particulate filter. Up to 100 km from the stand, the R8 is a tenth faster than before, the coupe needs 3.1 seconds, the Spyder with fabric top 3.2 seconds. The top speed climbs by 1 km/h to 331 km and 329 in the Roadster.
Similarly, it looks the same with the basic version: The V10 Quattro increases from 540 Horsepower to 570 hp, the torque increases from 540 to 560 Newton meters. Again, the standard sprint is shortened by 0.1 seconds, coupe and Spyder sprint in 3.4 or 3.5 seconds on country road speed. The new top speeds are 324 and 322 km/h.
Academic values. What the driver feels on the track in Ascari, southern Spain, is not measurable. The all-wheel-drive 2020 Audi R8 Coupe hangs super absorber direkt on the gas. He turns every movement of the right toe into brutal jacking and presses the passengers deep into the tight sports seats. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission hacks the gears in a flash and with a noticeable jerk in. In addition, the high-revving ten-cylinder hisses and roars as heartily as ever.
The revised engine comes with a lot of fine tuning to chassis and steering. Both the normal power steering and the variable dynamic steering work noticeably more sensitive and binding than before. The adaptive dampers have also been returned and feel the road now sensitive. The driver gets more feedback on the condition of the road surface and grip of the tires.
On The Road
How much you want to be informed about the Asphaltzustand, you can adjust with the Drive-Select switch on the steering wheel: In Comfort mode, the 2020 Audi R8 Coupe is amazingly tame, in Dynamic mode, he craves for curves, shares hard shocks and sticks to the formal Asphalt. The spread between the different modes has increased Audi.
In the top-of-the-range model, Audi also adds performance mode, which, depending on the choice of program (dry, wet and snow), should guarantee maximum dynamics whatever the road conditions. Optionally, there is a stabilizer made of carbon on the front axle, which is borrowed directly from racing. He reduces the weight by about two kilograms. Also new: the ESP vote and new Michelin tires on the optional 20-inch wheels, which should allow a much shorter braking distance.
Whether more performance and more power will also cost more, Audi does not say yet. The prices are to move however on the level of the predecessor. The launched at $189,581, the Spyder cost about $14,846e more. And the top-of-the-range V10 Performance Quattro will cause a further $34,261 in the markup. After all: The closely related engine Lamborghini costs even more.