About Audi R8
Coming about as a production version of the Le Mans Quattro concept car, Audi R8 has been built by Audi Sport GmbH, which is wholly owned private subsidiary of the German automobile manufacturer Audi AG, part of the Volkswagen Group since 2006 as a mid-engine 2-seater sports car. Originally introduced to revive the success of Audi R8 race car, Audi R8 now is the highest-performing production vehicle in Audi lineup. Competing against the Jaguar F-TYPE, Nissan 370Z and Porsche 718 Boxster, R8 has won many awards and recognition such as Autocar Magazine's Best Handling Car and Fastest Car in the World, Automobile Magazine's Automobile of the Year and so on. R8 now is in its second generations.
The first-generation Audi R8 was produced from June 2006 to August 2015 based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. Debuted at the 2006 Paris Auto Show as the production version, R8 was offered in two body styles, 2-door coupe and 2-door roadster. It came in R8 coupe 5.2 FSI Quattro, R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro, R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI Quattro, R8 TDI Le Mans, R8 LMS, R8 e-tron, R8 LMS Evolution, R8 GT, R8 GT Spyder, R8 V8 Limited Edition, R8 Grand-Am, R8 Limited Edition, R8 LMS ultra, R8 Exclusive Selection Editions and R8 China Edition, Audi R8 was powered by 4.2 L V8 rated at 414 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque and 5.2 L V10 producing 525 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque and engines sent power through 6-speed manual, R-Tronic and 7-speed S-tronic transmissions. Current R8 debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show as V8 coupe and convertible (Spyder), V10 coupe and convertible and V10 Plus coupe. Still built based on the Audi Space Frame, R8 gets power from 4.2 L V8 producing 430 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque and 5.2 L V10 making 525-550 hp and 391-398 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent through 6-speed manual transmission and 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual (S-tronic) with paddle shifters to all wheels.
Audi R8 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting a roomy and high-quality interior, sublimely balanced handling, high-performance engines, Audi R8 is a relatively practical sports car. Even so, as a wise R8 owner, you still need to prepare for these common problems on it:
First, when the Audi R8 ages and goes to wearing, you should be aware of the fact that engine failure is definitely the first problem to arise. Since engine problem often means the vehicle is breaking down, you had better try every means to get it solved as fast as possible in case worse situation is caused. Generally speaking, this issue on your R8 will start with strange sounds such as whining, squealing or rattling from the engine; then the engine will run roughly, misfire, stall and even suffer from starting issues. Finally, you will find a major decrease in power, fuel economy and illuminated Check Engine Light. Therefore, you have to keep the R8 spark plug, engine control module, engine mount, fuel pump, oil filter, air filter, valve cover gasket and throttle body at best shape all the time.
Second, as a sports car like R8, braking failure could be a disaster that could lead to fatal consequences directly. A well-functioning brake system enables you to slow down or stop freely, while on R8, some drivers complained that when the vehicle reaches a certain mileage, the brakes will be noisy and poorly responded. The brake pedal also becomes pulsating, score marks cover the brake rotors, rear brakes get locked on wet surfaces and parking brake could not hold the vehicle properly. Therefore, you had better make sure the R8 brake pad set, brake caliper, brake disc, brake drum, brake proportioning valve and parking brake cable are working properly before hitting the road.
For the Audi R8's overall excellent quality, you have to perform routine maintenance on some vulnerable auto parts. Some parts such as R8 seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna, cabin air filter should be put on the routine maintenance list.
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