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r starters, the launch engine is quite similar to that of the RS 4, a high-revving 4.2 V8 pushing out 420 bhp in the R8 and benefiting from dry sump lubrication – a setup adopted from the R8 racecar to help the road-going R8 cope with those long hard sweeper corners. Peak torque is 430 Newton-metres from 4,500 to 6,000 rpm. As engines go, this is as close as you’ll get in road-going form to the engine that powered Audi’s now-legendary R8 racecar. With that engine mounted amidships, the R8’s layout is also as close as you’re going to get to that racecar in production Audi form. The mid-engine configuration bestows the car with a 44% front:56% rear weight ratiothere you go not the same engine as the rs4
 
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