Auto reviews – How the Audi R8 is designed

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The influence of racing is already  visible in the design. The Audi R8 is broader than your usual sports car. With its curved forward positioned cockpit, it appears  to crouch on the road ready to pounce at any moment.

The vital statistics of the two-seater are 1.90 metres wide,  4.43 metres long and only 1.25 metres  high.

But the low height only serves  to amplify the effect of the colour-contrasting sideblades  graphically highlighting the air inlets.  The dynamic of the Audi R8 is reflected  in its styling.

The front end is dominated  by two gently curving headlights with LED daytime running light and a slim Singleframe grille, flanked by more  outward stretching air inlets indicating  the car’s sporting prowess.

The effect  is mirrored in the powerful rear end, where huge air outlets and distinctive LED rear lights additionally emphasise the width and muscle of the Audi R8. ln addition, there’s a rear spoiler which extends automatically depending on speed and can also be controlled manually.

lt provides  further downward thrust to support  the suction effect created by the aerodynamically designed underbody  and the diffusers. lt’s an exterior which combines function and design into an enthralling sculpture.

People and technology are equally  important in the production of the Audi R8. Advanced manufacturing technologies go hand in hand with the  skills and precision of highly trained  and extremely experienced craftsmen.

At the plant in Neckarsulm, Germany,  the Audi R8 is mostly hand-built and  hand-assembled in a step-by—step  process that guarantees maximum  quality and workmanship at every  stage of production, from the welds in  the aluminium body to the processing  of materials for the interior.

ln the Audi R8, sportiness is expressed  not just in engine power and driving  dynamics. lt starts in the cockpit, where  a flat-bottom sport steering wheel and  distinctive sport seats plus aluminium»  look pedals and foot supports provide  the driver with a fitting reception.

High-quality materials such as carbon  and leather create an ambience of  exclusivity which can be refined and  personalised still further by a wide  range of custom options.  The design of the interior mirrors  the dynamic of the exterior styling.

The eye is immediately caught by  the line reaching up from the centre  console. Generously framing the  dashboard and stretching to the side  panelling of the door, it encircles the  driver like the “monoposto” cockpit of  a race car. The impression is reinforced  by the instruments, all pointing  towards the driver.

In the centre of  the cockpit, the speedometer and  rev counter document the pulse of  the power source—the mid-mounted  engine located behind the driver as in  a race car.

One special highlight is the optional  Bang & Olufsen Surround Sound  system. Twelve speakers, a 465—watt  digital amplifier and dynamic road  noise compensation produce acoustic  brilliance—for exceptional sound in a  setting to match.

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