2016 Audi R8 Arrives at U.S. Dealerships in Spring 2016 | Edmunds

2016 Audi R8 Arrives at U.S. Dealerships in Spring 2016

GENEVA — The second-generation 2016 Audi R8 coupe will debut next week at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, including an updated version of the electrified R8 E-tron. The car goes into production this summer at a new plant in Heilbronn, Germany, north of Stuttgart.

Described as "the most powerful and fastest series-production Audi of all time," the new R8 is expected to arrive at Audi dealerships in spring 2016, Audi of America spokesman Andrew Lipman told Edmunds. Pricing has not been announced.

Competitors include the Aston Martin DB9 and Porsche 911.

The top-of-the-line R8 with mid-mounted 5.2-liter V10 engine makes 602 horsepower and accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, with a top speed of 205 mph.

The R8 can be ordered with a more sedate version of the V10, rated at 532 hp. Both models are fitted with a seven-speed S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive with variable torque split.

Although the new R8 does not deviate that much visually from its predecessor, the car has shed more than 100 pounds, thanks to greater use of aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics.

The redesigned cockpit is fitted with digital displays, as well as MMI navigation with MMI touch. Major controls are located in button clusters on the steering wheel.

Audi has dramatically overhauled the R8 E-tron, boosting battery capacity and energy density so that the car's range between charges has more than doubled, to 280 miles, and its output has climbed to 456 hp. The R8 E-tron now can accelerate from zero to 62 in 3.9 seconds and its top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

Although the R8 e-tron primarily has been a technology test bed, Audi said it will hand-build a limited number of the high-performance electric cars to order for customers later this year.

Audi of America spokesman Brad Stertz said there is no current plan for the R8 E-tron in the U.S.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers get a first look at one of the Geneva showstoppers.

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