2015 Audi R8 Specs

Thursday, August 21st 2014. | Audi |

Audi R8 FrontThe 2015 Audi R8 is the halo product from the brand–a mid-engine supercar unlike anything else in the brand’s otherwise family-centric lineup. For 2015 Audi R8, it’s offered with a few new exterior colors, a quilted headliner, and new optional sport exhaust for V-10 models.

The current-generation 2015 Audi R8 is getting ready to enter its last year on the market as the automaker is already testing a redesigned version. However, the Germans haven’t given up on the current R8 just yet.Starting this summer, customers will be able to acquire an even more powerful version of the V-10 variant which will carry the LMX name and sit atop the V-10 Plus. Besides a significant power bump, the LMX also benefits from extensive 2015 Audi R8 Exclusive treatment with numerous bespoke parts added inside and out.

The best change that came last year was the replacement of the previous S Tronic transmission with a new dual-clutch unit. No longer balky and uncooperative, the 2015 Audi R8 dual-clutch is now the preferred gearbox–unless you really want to row your own gears.  Nearly sentient in its prediction of downshifts and its steady, rapid upshifts, even skipping gears to respond directly to multiple downshift requests, the new gearbox is now a must-have for all but the purists.

Audi R8 Engine

Audi R8 EngineThe entry 2015 Audi R8 is still a 420-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8-powered Coupe, paired with a convertible, or Spyder. The 525-horsepower, 5.2-liter V-10 Coupe and Spyder likewise carry into 2015. All 2015 R8s share updated appearance and interior features, mostly minor tweaks, but collectively, a visible refinement of design.

Raises the standard R8 V10’s 525 horsepower to a slightly more exhilarating 550 horsepower. That’s still not outrageous in these days of 650-plus horsepower muscle cars, but combined with the weight savings over the standard V-10-powered car, the 2015 Audi R8 V10 Plus is as nimble as the V-8-powered R8. Together, the extra power and lightness make it a standout performer, particularly when paired with the new dual-clutch transmission.

New for last year is the V10 Plus model, which increases power from the 5.2-liter V-10 to 550 horsepower, improving Audi’s claimed 0-60 mph time to 3.5 seconds. Top speed is about 197 mph. In addition to the extra performance, Audi treats the V10 Plus to some weight loss, shaving 110 pounds from the standard 2015 Audi R8 V10 Coupe, tipping the scales at 3,461 pounds–just 22 pounds heavier than the base 2015 Audi R8.

2015 Audi R8 Interior

Audi R8 InteriorThe 2015 Audi R8 has all the looks you could ever ask for–especially if you’re not quite ready to commit to an Italian supercar. Inside, the 2015 Audi R8 is at once no-nonsense and luxurious. For 2014, the R8’s interior has undergone an extensive fine tuning–re-shaped gauge needles and subtle chrome or gloss black accents among many tweaks–refining the cabin further. The low cowl and easily-located controls blend seamlessly, with fine, understated materials giving a sporty, refined finish. As you climb the performance ladder, unique elements like shift knobs, gauges, and door handles get more performance-minded in their design, matching their exteriors.
2015 Audi R8 Comfort and convenience items in the interior are typically coupe-minimal, but at the same time, more than merely adequate. Audi’s MMI navigation with real-time traffic, Bluetooth, and excellent audio cover the expected bases. The seats and space in the cabin will encourage you to enjoy the time you spend there. And though the cargo space is a bit limited, it’s still one of the most practical supercars or super sports cars around.

2015 Audi R8 Upgrades to the interior are conveniently packaged to start, then essentially limitless through Audi’s personalization services. A convenience package includes Audi’s “parking system plus” with rearview camera, hill-hold assist, and power-folding, auto-dimming, power-adjustable, and heated side mirrors.

Audi R8 MPG

Efficiency isn’t what you’re buying, when you’re buying an 2015 Audi R8.

Fortunately for convertible fans, there’s no gas mileage penalty for picking the Spyder over the coupe; both models score the same across all engine and transmission combinations.

Rated as high as 14/23 mpg city/highway with the 4.2-liter V-8 and dual-clutch transmission, or as low as 12/19 mpg with the 5.2-liter V-10 and manual transmission, the Audi R8 isn’t exactly green, even for a car of its performance caliber.

Opting for the new dual-clutch transmission gains as much as 3 mpg city and highway over the alternative six-speed manual gearbox, but that still leaves the 2015 Audi R8 trailing significantly behind greener high-performance cars like the Chevrolet Corvette.

2015 Audi Rr8 Price

The 2015 Audi R8 range goes on sale this summer. Full pricing is listed below, and note that all R8 models attract an additional $1,250 destination charge.

R8 V8 Coupe Manual – $115,900
R8 V8 Coupe S tronic – $124,900
R8 V10 Coupe Manual – $153,900
R8 V10 Coupe S tronic – $162,900
R8 V10 Plus Coupe Manual – $173,500
R8 V10 Plus Coupe S tronic – $182,500
R8 V8 Spyder Manual – $129,400
R8 V8 Spyder S tronic – $138,400
R8 V10 Spyder Manual – $166,100
R8 V10 Spyder S tronic – $175,100

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