The 2019 Audi R8 was built with the vision of “Born on the track, built for the road” and it shows. The R8 is built around a naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V10 and uses nearly identical technology to that of the R8 LMS GT3 and the R8 LMS GT4. Oliver Hoffman, Technical Managing Director of Audio Sport GmbH, described the new R8 by saying, “It’s now even more powerful and faster. Motorsport is part of our DNA. With around 50 percent shared parts with the R8 LMS GT3 and even 60 percent with the R* LMS GT4, no other automobile is so close to motor racing as the R8.”
No stats have been shared about just how powerful this new engine is, but a similar Lamborghini Huracan Performance engine produces 640 horsepower with 442 lb-ft of torque. That may not be too far off for the R8, considering the current R8 V10 has 540 horsepower and 398 lb-ft while the R8 V10 Plus packs 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft.
The new R8 will also feature modifications to the suspension, which improve its stability and handling. Steering is handled both by a dynamic steering system and an electromechanical power steering system, which makes steering response and feedback more precise. The car will also feature three driving modes for dry, wet, and snow conditions.
Aside from becoming a top-tier NASCAR or Formula 1 racer, the R8 may be the closest you’ll come to driving an actual racecar.