Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro: The first Generation

The first generation of the Audi R8 was introduced in 2006 and received the name of the successful Le Mans racing prototype. Equipped with a 4.2 liter V8 FSI engine with direct injection, the base model delivered an output of 420 hp (309 kW) at 7800 rpm. In the following years, the engine was revised and received thereby more power.

The Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro was released in mid-2009 with the 5.2-liter V10 FSI engine and an output of 525 hp (386 kW) at 8000 rpm. At 6500 rpm, the engine known from the S6 transmits 530 Newton meters to the asphalt. While 100km/h can be achieved in just 3.9 seconds, the maximum speed limit for the mid-engined sports car is 316km/h.

In concept, the production R8 hardly has anything in common with the Le Mans prototype. On the other hand, both the chassis and the V10 engine are the same as in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4. Despite poorer scores on paper, the R8 has often proven on the Nürburgring against the Gallado as the faster of the two.

Audi R8 quattro


The interior of the Audi R8 is on the one hand high-quality, and on the other hand, as far as possible simply designed. Except for the center console, it hardly differs from the other Audi models.

Audi R8 2018

Technical Data

Sales descriptionAudi R8 5.2 FSI
Internal name42
Production period2009-2012
Capacity5204 cm3
Power525 PS (386 kW) bei 8000 rpm
Engine typepetrol engine with direct injection
max. torque530 Nm bei 6500 rpm
0 to 100 km/h3,9 sec
max. speed316 km/h
Power to weight ratio3,0 kg/hp (4,0 kg/kW)

The Second Generation:

In the summer of 2015, the successor model was launched on the market with the Audi R8 4S. It is based on the same technical platform as the Lamborghini Huracán.