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Audi R8 V12 TDI: Technical analysis

Audi R8 V12 TDI
The guys over at AudiWorld have done a nice technical analysis of the Audi R8 V12 TDI. For all Audi enthusiasts this is a must read and interesting the least for everybody else!

On paper, the statistics are staggering. This cetane sipping monster delivers 500 horsepower and an even 1,000 Newton-meters of torque (working out to about 738 ft-lbs in English units) distributed through a viscous quattro AWD drivetrain and 6 speed manual transmission. 0-60 times are said to be pegged at a conservative 4.2 seconds. Top speed? “Well over” 185 mph. Massive candy red painted monoblock calipers clamp firmly on oversized carbon ceramic rotors, which promise massive stopping reserves and an extended service life of up to 186,000 miles. Audi’s magnetic ride suspension guarantees damping versatility making the car perfectly suited for real world streets, or the Nürburgring depending on your mood and the position of the steering wheel mounted control switch. A more aggressive body kit and vertically retractable rear spoiler increase downforce for high speed stability. The roof mounted air intake, which is clearly inspired by the Audi Avus supercar concept of 1991, ensures the engine can swallow in excess of 1,500 kg per hour of cool air, necessary to produce 500 horsepower.

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Source: AudiWorld