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2011 Audi R8 5.2 FSI

The 2011 Audi R8 V10 features a 5.2-liter, ten-cylinder engine that churns out 525 hp and 391 lb-ft (530 Nm) of torque, which makes for breathtaking performance. With superior Audi technologies such as quattro all-wheel drive, the lightweight aluminum body, the innovative all-LED headlights, and its striking design, the R8 V10 takes pole position against the competition. (continued below)

2011 R8 5.2 FSI Photo Gallery
2011 Audi R8 5.2 FSI

Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro: Breathtaking Performance in a Stylish Package

Source: Audi | Published: Sat Jun 25, 2011

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The 2011 Audi R8 V10 is the result of cumulative know-how from Audi's string of Le Mans victories. Its naturally aspirated engine combines racing technology such as dry sump lubrication with FSI gasoline direct injection. The ten-cylinder design is the perfect synthesis for impressive top performance, mighty pulling power, and low weight.

The V10 engine in the production sports car will be almost identical in construction to the one in the racing version. Its displacement is 5,204 cc, at 6,500 rpm it delivers 391 lb-ft (530 Nm) of torque, at 8,000 rpm its power tops out at 525 hp (386 kW).

The specific power output is 100.9 hp per liter of displacement - and each hp has to propel only 6.91 lbs (3.09 kilograms) of weight, because the Audi R8 V10 in the version with the six-speed manual gearshift weighs only 3571 lbs (1,620 kilograms). The engine accounts for 569 lbs of these kilograms - that's only 68 lbs (31 kilos) more than the V8.

The 2011 Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro rockets from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. In the version with the sequentially shifting R tronic it reaches 124 mph (200 km/h) in another 8.1 seconds. Even then its propulsive power hardly lessens: it's sufficient to reach a top speed of 196 mph (316 km/h). The immense force, the spontaneity and the thrust of the acceleration, plus the sound of the engine - all these impressions coalesce into a breathtaking sports car experience. The V10 plays a concert with growling bass tones and powerful high notes, which grows into a grandiose fortissimo as the engine revs up. This sonorous acceleration doesn't reach its limit until 8,700 rpm.

Exterior Design

The wide, full shape of the R8 5.2 FSI quattro seems to hug the road. The brawny proportions and prominent wheel wells underscore its potential. The high-precision styling of the lines and the elegant curve of the roof are typical Audi features. A continuous contour optically connects the front, the wheel wells, the sides and the rear. Located well forward, the cab visually expresses the mid-engine design. The vertical air scoops (sideblades) on the sides are also indicative of the engine location. The massive aluminum gas cap is mounted flush within the right sideblade.

The front air inlets, which feed air to the coolers, and the lip of the front apron are painted in high-gloss black. The number of cross-braces has been reduced from four to two. The vanes of the single-frame grille have a striking chrome finish.

A very distinctive highlight of the R8 V10 are the all-LED headlights as standard equipment. Audi is the world's first automaker to use LEDs for the high beam, low beam, daytime running lights, and turn signals. Each headlight integrates 54 of these high-tech light sources. With a color temperature of 6,000 Kelvin the LED light closely resembles daylight, which is less tiring to the eyes in night driving. Further advantages of the LEDs include brilliant illumination, low energy consumption, and a virtually unlimited service life.

Special details also distinguish the body of the 2011 Audi R8 V10. Its sideblades are more accentuated than in the eight-cylinder version. The side sills are more striking and wider; the exhaust grilles at the rear windows have a matt aluminum look. Through the large rear window, the ten-cylinder engine is clearly visible in its consummate technical beauty.

When in motion, this Audi high-performance sports car creates a downforce that keeps it in firm contact with the road - thanks to a rear spoiler which deploys automatically at 62 mph (100 km/h) and the fully enclosed underbody, which terminates in a sharply upward-curved diffuser. The dominant color at the rear end is high-gloss black, including the settings of the LED tail lights. The air outlets at the rear end also have only two cross-braces, and the exhaust system terminates in two large oval tailpipes.

Audi R8 5.2 FSI: Review (2/2)

Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
Type V10
Displacement 318 cu in (5204 cc)
Power 525 hp @ 8000 rpm
Torque 391 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm
Redline 8700 rpm
Driveline All Wheel Drive
Transmission 6 Speed Manual (Std.)
  6 Speed Automatic (Opt.)
Brakes & Tires
Brakes Front - Rear Ventilated Discs - Ventilated Discs
Tire Size Front - Rear 235/35 R19 - 295/30 R19
Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Length 174.6 in
Width 76 in
Height 49.3 in
Curb Weight MT: 3715 lbs
  AT: 3726 lbs
0-60 mph 3.7 s
1/4 Mile n/a
60-0 Braking n/a
Top Speed 196 mph
Fuel Economy
EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway MT: 12/19 mpg
  AT: 13/19 mpg
Origin & Price
Origin Germany
Base Retail Price (MSRP) MT: $149,000
  AT: $158,100

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