Those who want to drive fast and safely need full concentration – which is why the operating concept of the new Audi R8 V10 RWS (combined fuel consumption in l / 100 km: 12.6–12.4 [18.7–19.0 US mpg], combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 286–283 [460.3–455.4 g/mi]) is fully focused on the driver. Just like in a racing car, the driver can access all the important functions from the steering wheel without having to look away from the road. The standard R8 sport steering wheel with multifunction plus integrates two satellite buttons for starting and stopping the engine and for Audi drive select.
The Audi virtual cockpit, a 12.3-inch TFT monitor, presents all the complex calculations and information in high-resolution graphics. The driver can switch between three different interfaces in the display. Infotainment mode shows the navigation map or lists from the Telephone, Radio and Audio sections in a large central window, flanked by the rev counter and tachometer as small round instruments. In the Classic view, the instruments are the same size as analog displays and the middle window is correspondingly smaller.
There is also a Performance view specially designed for racetrack use. This view is dominated by a central rev counter. It also serves as a shift indicator – when the 7-speed S tronic is in manual mode, its scale is highlighted in color at higher revs. As the rev speed increases, green, orange and red segments are activated. As soon as the engine reaches its limit, the entire scale flashes red.
The driver can use the multifunction buttons to position additional displays to the left and right of the rev counter. The power and torque output of the 5.2 FSI are displayed as percentages, while a g-meter visualizes the forces acting on the car and reaches up to 1.5 g. A lap timer records up to 99 laps and compares the times against each other. The status of important technical components is also shown, such as the temperature of the tires, engine oil and transmission fluid, as well as the tire pressure.
All terms marked in the text are explained in detail in the technology lexicon at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/technology-lexicon.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.