The two-seat, mid-engine R8 sports car remains offered in Coupe and Spyder body styles, with a choice of 430-horsepower, 4.2L V8 or 525-hp, 5.2L V10 engines. They come paired to either a 6-speed manual or R tronic automated manual transmission. The latter gearbox includes Audi launch control, which helps provide a perfect quick launch from a standing start, and all R8 models include quattro all-wheel drive.
R8 Spyder convertible models come with a power soft-top roof that can be closed or opened in just 19 seconds and can be operated at speeds up to 19 mph. The roof also features triple-layer insulation, a carbon-fiber cover and a heated rear window. All R8 coupe models include a glass window over the lighted engine bay, while Spyder models come with a vented aluminum cover. Spyder models also have different side air intakes.
The interior of the R8 is a surprisingly luxurious place. The arched, cockpit-style instrument panel of this two-seater allows quite a bit of interior space--enough for taller drivers--and the seats come upholstered in soft Napa leather or suede-like Alcantara and the interior can be customized with various trims and inlays.
The R8 GT is a new, limited-edition version of the model, for 2012 and it includes a special tune of the 5.2L V10 making 560 horsepower, along with a performance-tuned suspension, a carbon-fiber front bumper, special carbon-fiber rear wing and diffuser and other carbon fiber throughout the interior. Appointments are a bit different inside, too, with a matte-carbon-fiber look complemented with Alcantara seat and interior trim.
Audi says that engineers optimized and reduced weight throughout the R8 GT, cutting about 180 pounds--even though they've managed to keep most of the same interior appointments and conveniences as the 5.2 coupe. Thanks to that and the aerodynamic improvements, the R8 GT can get to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and to a top speed of nearly 199 mph.
Interior appointments available on the R8 include power heated sport seats; a 465-watt, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system; and a navigation system with live traffic info. Safety isn't skimped either, even though the R8 is first and foremost a world-class exotic sports car. Front airbags, seat-mounted side bags, and knee airbags are all included and the aluminum space frame construction plays a role in keeping occupants secure.
Impressive Display Of Audi's Advanced Engineering
An all-new V10 R8 GT coupe joins the R8 lineup in 2012. Produced in a very limited edition--with just 333 made worldwide and 90 for the U.S.--the R8 GT will start at $196,800 and include boosted engine output, weight reduction through carbon fiber and a performance-tuned suspension. Nearly everything else is optimized to save weight, in this model that will appeal both to high-profile collectors and those with track memberships. Otherwise, the R8 lineup has changed very little; it remains offered in V8- and V10-powered coupe and Spyder models.
Audi's R8 coupe and Spyder are exotic cars without the fuss; they have the interior comfort and appointments of a luxury coupe, along with an impressive list of features, yet they're nearly as quick as the Lamborghini Gallardo models with which they're closely related. They're also distinctive and unmistakable in their own right. An advanced all-wheel drive system maximizes handling and performance in all conditions. Considering the Lamborghini heritage and all the practical positives, the Audi looks like quite the deal.
5.2L DOHC FSI 40-valve V10 engine
Carbon fiber sigma engine compartment inlays
Dry sump lubrication
6-speed R tronic automatic transmission -inc: auto & sport modes
Backlit instrument cluster w/auto brightness control
Driver info system w/on-board computer -inc: outside temp display, digital speedometer, digital lap-timer, service interval display, on-board diagnostic system, menu display, speed warning system, average fuel mileage, average speed, fuel range, driving time, tire pressure monitoring system
Pwr windows -inc: one touch up/down, pinch protection
Remote keyless entry
Audi navigation system plus -inc: 6.5" TFT color screen
Trunk & fuel filler remote releases
Anti-theft alarm w/engine immobilizer
HomeLink garage door opener
Automatic air conditioning -inc: sun sensor, electronic air temp
Rear window defogger w/timed shut off
Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
Illuminated glove box -inc: sunglasses holder
Ashtray & lighter
LED interior lighting -inc: engine compartment LED
Micro metallic gray trim w/aluminum accents
Leather door inserts
Leather-wrapped interior door handles
Storage compartments in doors
Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
Front reading lights
Leather-wrapped parking brake
(2) storage nets on back of seats
Luggage net on rear shelf
4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic rear brake pressure distribution (EBD)
Electronic stabilization program -inc: sport & disable settings, anti-slip regulation (ASR)
Side intrusion door beams
LED daytime running lights
Dual front airbags w/dual-threshold deployment -inc: passenger-side occupant sensor
Dual seat-mounted side-impact head & chest airbags
Dual front knee airbags
Audi advanced parking system w/rearview camera
Audi hill hold assist
3-point seat belts -inc: belt tensioners, force limiters
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