Even more distinctive, sportier and faster: The new Audi Sport Performance Parts take dynamic handling to a wholly new level for the Audi R8 (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.3 – 11.4; combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 287 – 272) sports car. The retrofit range will be available in dealers in late summer 2017 and features numerous components.
As part of the sales launch of the retrofit range in late summer 2017, the product lineup will initially be available in Germany and other markets for the current Audi R8 models only. Additional model series will follow gradually. The Audi Sport Performance Parts cover four areas to date: suspension, exhaust system, exterior and interior.
For suspension requirements, the range covers sport brake linings, which are more powerful and less prone to fading than standard brake linings. Linings are available for steel discs and for the optional ceramic brakes. Their carrying plates are painted in fluorescent red and are made out of ultralight titanium on the Audi R8, making this model a kilogram (2.2 lb) lighter overall. A two- or three-way coilover suspension is available for both Audi R8 variants. The fully milled, black 20-inch wheels – for all R8 models too – are also taken straight from motor racing. They reduce weight by up to 8 kilograms (17.6 lb) on the Audi R8. The associated sport tires come in the sizes 245/30 R20 (R8, front) and 305/30 R20 (R8, rear). It improves rigidity and makes handling even more precise.
The most spectacular offers in the Audi Sport Performance Parts are the Aero kits, which were developed in the Audi wind tunnel. For the Audi R8 they add clear-cut highlights on the front air inlets, the side sills and the diffuser. They also substantially improve downforce: On the Audi R8 the downforce is 250 kg (551.2 lb) at 330 km/h (205.1 mph), an increase of over 100 kg (220.5 lb). The effect at 150 km/h (93.2 mph) is even more pronounced – the downforce is doubled at this speed to 52 kg (114.6 lb) thanks to the Aero kit. There is also a splitter and flics at the front as well as a large fixed rear wing. All parts are made out of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) for the Audi R8; all of them feature the Audi Sport logo. Attractive parts for the interior round off the range. A sport contour steering wheel with multifunction plus is available for the Audi R8; its Alcantara-trimmed rim features a red 12 o’clock marking. CFRP shift paddles are available for the models fitted with seven-speed S tronic.