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.