Overview of the 2015 Audi R8
When it comes to exotic sports cars, the Audi R8 remains one of the most sought-after exotic sports cars on the market due to a mix of superb driving
dynamics, unmatchable practicality and, undoubtedly, head-stopping good looks. From the 2015 Audi R8’s boasting mid-engined dimensions to its mystifying contours, everything about the 2015 Audi R8’s appearance defines “exotic.” Re-designed headlights, tail-lights, bumpers, and other minor stylistic upgrades help tell the 2015 model from its predecessors. Weighing in at just over 3400 lbs, the 2015 Audi R8’s aluminum sheet metal construction keeps the car’s mass lite while its performance heavy.
Performance and Utility
The heart of the 2015 Audi R8 is a powerful 4.2-liter super engine that throws down 430 horsepower at over 7,900 rpm. Peak torque comes in at 316 lb-ft between 4,500 to 6,000 rpm, with 90 percent or more of output maintained from 3,500 to 7,600 rpm. An old-school six-speed manual that hacks and clacks its way through the gears like a marvelous vintage Italian sports car is available, but for those looking for maximum performance times, the standard seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is where the real enthusiasts thrive. With a properly fitted dual-clutch, the R8 is capable of a 4.2 second 0-60 time. Top speed was clocked at a staggering 186 mph.
The 2015 Audi R8 comes standard with Audi’ quattro four-wheel drive system
that variably distributes output to the front and rear axles through a viscous clutch. This system makes the Audi R8 more sure-footed than many of its peers when the weather turns ugly – great for those northerly situated purchasers.
Fuel economy ranks well in its class considering the stock V8 and all-wheel-drive. The manual transmission model returns 11 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, while the dual-clutch-equipped version comes in at 14/23 mpg for city/highway, respectively.
Coupled with its aluminum double wishbones at the front and rear of the vehicle, the 2015 R8’s suspension features an “Audi magnetic ride” adaptive damper system that allows the driver to configure it to provide a more sporty driving feel or, alternatively, a much softer ride. The softer ride truly is cushy enough that the 2015 Audi R8 could be used as a daily driver.
Direct, hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering offers a driving experience unlike any other boring electric-assist systems that feature in many “modern” exotic supercars.
The Inside Look of the 2015 Audi R8
The interior cabin exceeds the visual sexiness of the exterior thanks to the well-planned details including the sweeping laced trim and flat-bottomed-shaped steering wheel, and the true craftsmanship and use of superior quality materials throughout. Purchasers looking for an upgraded luxurious experience can choose from a long list of optional add-ons, including plush Nappa leather upholstery and carbon fiber trim.
While there’s plenty of space for both the driver and the passenger, the R8 isn’t blessed with a great deal of trunk space. The front trunk, or “frunk”, measures just 3.5 cubic feet has a rather unique and odd shape; Audi does claim, however, that two golf bags can fit inside behind the seats.
Navigation and entertainment functions are standard with one of the industry’s more intuitive infotainment systems. But unlike other Audi models, the 2015 Audi R8’s infotainment controls are not located in an easily accessible position center – rather, they are mounted on the dash. Nevertheless, a standard (and well equipped) voice command system eliminates any convenience problems.
Equipment and Trim
Standard features on the 2015 Audi R8 includes leather upholstery, a navigation system incorporated with SiriusXM Traffic, a 7 speaker, 140-watt stereo system with SiriusXM satellite radio included, dual heated seats, Bluetooth connectivity, an automated climate control system and a full LED exterior lighting package.
Upgradeable options include a twelve-speaker, 465-watt Bang & Olufsen
superior sound system and a back-up camera bundled with both front and rear parking sensors (not a bad idea to have considering the price of the car).
Overall Review Rating
- MSRP: starting at $115,900
- Rating: 4.6/5.0
- A true supercar
- Luxury at it’s finest
- Limited available add-on features
- Infotainment control system
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