If at first glance the looks seem familiar you’d be forgiven for thinking the same examining the spec sheet. Yes, it’s still got a normally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine and the dual-clutch S Tronic gearbox powering a four-wheel drive chassis. This in a world where everyone else is going downsized and turbocharged. Not so much Vorsprung apparent in the Technik there then.
But under the skin there are quite a lot of changes. As you’ll probably already know there isn’t a V8 any more, or a manual. Both of those things might be considered a pity. Instead there are two V10 options, a 540hp standard one starting at £119,500 and a £134,500 610hp Plus version. If that latter figure sounds familiar it’s the same as the Lamborghini Huracan with which the new R8 shares much of its fundamental architecture and powertrain. This includes the new ‘hybrid’ carbon enhanced MSS aluminium spaceframe, optional Dynamic Steering system (more on this shortly…) and dual direct and port fuel injection system. Referred to as Iniezione Diretta Stratificata in Lambo land in Audispeak this gets Germanised into the rather less emotive sounding Saugrohreinspritzung/direkteinspritzung but gains cylinder deactivation, shutting down a whole bank of cylinders when not required.
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