2018 Audi R8 Coupe Release Date, Review and Info – Highlighted by its unusually accessible performance and iconic styling, the new 2018 Audi R8 Coupe arguably remains a coveted vehicle in the mid-engine exotic sports car segment. An intoxicating soundtrack regardless of the engine choice; easy-to-drive character; comfortable cabin with easy ingress and egress; and an impressive acceleration are some of the features which you be looking forward for once the new R8 is made available. Its date of release is speculated to be towards the end of February 2018.
The 2018 R8 isn’t a car that you can easily dismiss as one that exists in a bygone era, you are staring at an exotic era that can withstand the test of time. It isn’t a caricature that appears for a year or two then suddenly lacks the motivation or the design elements to keep up with completion. The R8 is simply an enduring coupe that promises to appeal to multiple generations to come.
For starters, the R8 debuted 10 years ago and despite being in the market for that long, it has managed to inspire breathless social media buzz and to rubberize necks. In a nutshell, just think of the R8 as the best that can ever get out from Audi in terms of innovation and design looks. From a benchmarking interior, to smooth yet agile engines, to exterior aerodynamic design cues.
The R8 undoubtedly shares some designs with the departed Lamborghini Gallardo Italian ancestor to some extent, which isn’t a bad thing. For instance, the mechanical and structural elements are indeed supercar genes that have been borrowed heavily from the Gallardo. Also, the R8 comes with a telepathic responsiveness one would associate with smaller and elemental sports cars. The bodywork has also used aluminum extensively therefore we might be looking at a reduced weight over the previous model.
Much can be said about these supercar, from the mundane driving conditions to the soothing and comfortable driving character, but the bottom line remains – it’s a diving exotic sports car with many talents.
Even so, there are other exotic cars in the segment that shine brightly. Some of them include the umpteen 2018 Porsche 911, the stunning 2018 BMW i8 Hybrid, the intricately designed 2018 Lamborghini Huracan, and 2018 Ferrari 458 Italia. Finally, one our best in the segment is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT.
Available Trims – Audi R8 Coupe
Five trims are offered for the 2018 Audi R8 Coupe: V8, V10, V10 Plus, V10 Competition, and the V10 Carbon.
Interior Changes & Exterior Colors – 2018 Audi R8 Coupe
The V8’list of standard features and equipment includes an automatic climate control, heated-power-folding side mirrors, 19-inch wheels, fauxe suede upholstery, an adaptive suspension, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a trip computer, full LED exterior lighting, a speed-activated rear spoiler, a seven-speaker sound system, cruise control, and an auxiliary audio jack.
The V10 adds premium leather upholstery, a carbon fiber tri, a navigation system, parking system, different wheels, diffuser and mirror housings, an exclusive sport exhaust, fauxe-suede headliner, and Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The V10 Plus offers an adaptive suspension system, leather upgrades, heated power-folding mirrors, a smaller fuel tank, carbon-fiber trim, carbon-ceramic brakes, a higher output engine, and an upgraded stereo system.
The V10 Carbon trim offer matte-carbon “sideblades”, several aesthetic exterior trim, red brake calipers, and a sport exhaust in addition to the V8 list of standard features.
Engine Specs – 2018 Audi R8 Coupe
Under the hood of the 2018 Audi R8 Coupe is a 4.2L V8 engine which happens to be a carryover engine from the outgoing model. The output – 430 hp and 317 lbs. ft. of torque gets sent to all the four wheels via the optional S-tronic or the standard six-speed manual transmission system.
Both the V10 Carbon and V10 Plus trims gets an updated version of the base engine which gets an output of 550 hp and 398 lbs. ft. of torque. According to Audi, a time of 3.4 seconds is all you need to get past 60 mph.
Finally, the V10 Competition gets the best output rated at 570 hp and 398 lbs. ft. of torque. Only 3.2 seconds is needed to saunter from 0-60 mph.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 8.3 in. (104.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 6.3 in. (174.3 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 4.4 in. (76.4 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 8.0 ft³
Curb weight: 3664 lb
Top Speed: 205 mph
0-60: 2,7 sec
MPG: 14/22 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Akoya Silver Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Alpine Green Pearlcoat – Audi Exclusive, Amalfi White – Audi Exclusive, Amethyst Grey Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Andora Red Pearl Effect – Audi Exclusive, Ara Blue Crystal Effect, Arrow Grey Metallic – Audi Exclusive, Aurora Blue Pearl Effect – Audi Exclusive…
Towing Capacity: N/A
2018 Audi R8 Coupe Price & Release Date
February 2018 is the expected release date for the 2018 Audi R8 Coupe as per the various sources we managed to interview. As for its price, buyers should be willing to part way with about $115,900 for the R8 Coupe, and $129,400 for the R8 Convertible. The model manages to get an upper hand on the likes of 2018 Nissan GT-R and 2018 Acura NSX models.
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