Audi’s mid-engine supercar has been given a new video, highlighting how the Audi R8 has evolved from the first-generation to the second. The latest R8 was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

Described as a truly iconic car built on the foundations of an “incredible” car, the video narrator says that this is the most “exciting” car the brand has ever built. The clip then details how the R8 has been given the brand’s latest design language. As for the side blades, they now feature a two-part design, while the door handles are now integrated seamlessly into the doors themselves.

The new sports car comes in two different outputs. The “standard” 5.2 litre FSI V10 makes 540 hp and 540 Nm of torque, while R8 V10 plus version produces bigger numbers – 610 hp and 560 Nm to be exact. Audi’s cylinder-on-demand (COD) tech is also present in the new model.

According to the narrator, the new sports car now offers variable distribution of torque to the front and rear. Up to 100% of torque can be distributed to the rear axle if required. It seems the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission has been redeveloped as well, as the brand claims it is now more responsive.

Further detailed are the new R8’s dimensions – it’s now shorter, wider, lower and lighter. The diet is attributed to the the Audi Space Frame (ASF), which consists of a mix of aluminium and carbon-fibre, making it 46 kg lighter, yet 40% stiffer. The inside has also been redesigned, with an Audi virtual cockpit, drive select and a new performance steering wheel with a performance button.

Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 and V10 plus