Here are somemore details on the upcoming new Audi R8 supercar, based on the Le Mans concept above. A quick recap, the car is supposed to come in 2 variants, one with an entry-level high-revving 4.2 V8 making 415hp and 430Nm of torque. The top of the line version features a 5 litre V10 from the Lamborghini Gallardo twin-turbocharged to make 610hp and 745Nm of torque.
The V10 is not the only thing from the Gallardo. The Audi R8 also shares the same all-aluminium chassis as the Gallardo, as well as it’s four-wheel drive system and 6-speed manual gearbox. So what makes the Audi R8 different from it’s raging bull brother? For one, instead of the Gallardo 6-speed manual, you have the option of a newly developed 7-speed DSG sequential gearbox. The Audi R8 is also equipped with Audi’s new Magnetic Ride adaptive damping system.
The Magnetic Ride adaptive damping system consists of electronically controlled dampers which are filled with magnetic fluid. Different currents cause the fluid to have different thickness, so the suspension settings can be adjusted on the fly during driving. Comfort and response is thus optimized. Of course there are manual overrides with some predefined suspension behaviours.