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AUDI R8 Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 8
First production year: 2007
Engines: Gasoline, Electric
Body style: Coupé (two-door)
 

2021 - Present

Audi tried the RWD supercar market in 2018 when it launched the R8 RWS, which stood for Rear-Wheel Series. Even though the carmaker was mostly known for its quattro systems, which sent the power in all corners of a car, it knew that supercars' drivers were very comfortable with rear-wheel drive vehicles, so it did it. The experiment was successful, and the carmaker continued that by adding ...

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  AUDI R8 V10 performance RWD 5.2L V10 7AT RWD (570 HP)

2018 - Present

The mid-cycle refresh of the second-generation Audi R8 is not exactly in line with other Audi facelift, since the differences between the old and the new are rather extensive, both on the technical and the visual side. On the outside, it's the front end that got the biggest nips and tucks, with the lower fascia now looking more in line with that of the 2018 Audi RS5 and other upcoming RS ...

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  AUDI R8 Coupe 5.2L FSI V10 quattro S tronic 7AT AWD (570 HP)

  AUDI R8 Coupe 5.2L FSI V10 S tronic 7AT (540 HP)

  AUDI R8 Coupe Performance 5.2L FSI V10 quattro S tronic 7AT AWD (620 HP)

2017 - 2021

Ever since it launched the concept, Audi was proud of its all-wheel-drive R8 that shook the supercar world and proved to be a serious track-weapon. In 2017, the R8 made a bolder move. While most of the supercars evolved from being rear-wheel-drive to all-wheel-drive, the R8 took the opposite path. Audi introduced it as an all-wheel-drive, mid-engine supercar and transformed it into a rear-whe...

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  AUDI R8 V10 RWS 5.2 V10 7AT (540 HP)

2015 - 2018

Despite having a super-car brand in its portfolio, Audi insisted to have its own super-car and, in 2006, it launched the R8, which it was followed by the second generation in 2015. Audi claimed 13 victories at the 24 hours of LeMans race before launching the second generation of its R8 and that was as much as the Ford and Ferrari combined. It was second only to Porsche. With that kind of spor...

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2012 - 2015

Audi introduced a mild facelift for its mid-engined supercar in 2012 and made it quicker thanks to a new, seven-speed automatic gearbox. The R8 was Audi's flagship among its sports cars. It was a proper supercar developed together with Lamborghini. Worth mentioning that Audi owned the Italian brand, and it shared some parts with it. And that's how the Italian supercars got more reli...

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2012 - 2015

Audi launched its first supercar in 2006, and 2012 brought their new R8 with a 5.2-liter V10 engine borrowed from the Lamborghini Gallardo. The exterior of the R8 was aggressive, with sharp lines and the Audi’s so called “side blades” on the side (of course). The side blades were made of carbon fiber to maintain a reduced weight. Sticked to the side blades were air intakes that helped redire...

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2008 - 2012

Audi didn't wait for the world financial crisis to end and introduced a V-10 version for its R8 supercar using the LeMans race car technologies. After the German carmaker acquired Lamborghini, it started swapping technologies with the Italian car manufacturer. That resulted in the V-10 powered R8, which featured the same engine as the Gallardo but detuned, so it didn't compete with ...

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2007 - 2012

Audi may have been the last German premium brand to show a supercar, but when it showed it, they did it properly with the R8 V8 in 2006 at the Paris Auto Show. After purchasing the Lamborghini supercar brand, Audi thought that they can build something in the same segment. They already had the engines and transmission to do it. All they need was a good platform and a bodywork. In 2003, the Aud...

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