The lightweight bodyshells Audi’s lightweight design unleashes its full potential in the cars by quattro GmbH – it both increases dynamics and reduces fuel consumption significantly. In the TT RS range, the bodyshells are made largely from aluminum, while those of the R8 Coupe are all-aluminum. Thanks to the ASF (Audi Space Frame) concept, they weigh just a little over 200 kilograms. In the case of the R8 Spyder and the R8 V10 plus, the bodyshell also incorporates major components made from CFRP. A number of exterior and interior parts are available in CFRP for the RS models.
The seven-speed S tronic In the course of its 2012 update, the R8 high-performance sports car received a new, dedicated dual-clutch transmission. The seven-speed S tronic, positioned behind the mid engine, is conceived with a compact three-shaft layout. It consists of two partial gearboxes served by two clutches. The direct gearshift, which takes place by switching from one clutch to the other, takes only a few hundredths of a second with virtually no interruption in drive. The seven-speed S tronic improves acceleration compared with the R tronic used previously. Plus, the long ratio of the top gear reduces fuel consumption.
Further information about the official fuel consumption figures and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new cars,” which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT (Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH), Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (www.dat.de).