New Audi R8 provides breathtaking driving performance

|     Lyna Mohamad     |

THE Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro is available at TCY Motors Sdn Bhd showroom in Kiarong.

Local media representatives had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the latest addition to the R8 family at the press launch hosted by the Audi dealer yesterday.

The distinguishing feature on the new R8 also provides enhanced safety that comes in the form of the standard LED headlights with Audi offering the laser spot for the high beam as an option for an extended field of vision and more brightness, complemented by the dynamic turn signals at the front while at the rear comes in as standard.

The body shell is now around 15 per cent lighter than its predecessor while the torsional rigidity is roughly 40 per cent better. The V10 mid-engine offers even more power and torque and along with the newly developed quattro drive ensures breathtaking driving performance.

To top it up, the controllable flaps in the exhaust pipe and an optional sport exhaust system make the car sound even more characteristic and attitude of a quattro.

With the R8’s virtual cockpit in digital display, the most important controls are grouped together in button clusters on the steering wheel, also known as satellites while the driver seat gives the impression of sitting in a race car.

The Audi R8 makes use of the latest technology in terms of infotainment featuring the MMI navigation plus, which is installed as standard and the MMI touch wheel is the central control element while in the background, the second generation of the modular infotainment platform sets about its work.

The infotainment system and Audi virtual cockpit are integrated with a super-fast T30 chip from Audi’s cooperation partner, NVIDIA. For the Brunei market, other component such as the fine-tuned sound system from Bang & Olufsen with a system performance of 500 watts comes in as standard.

The Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro. – BAHYIAH BAKIR