Audi Celebrates R8 With New Video, Anticipates Refreshed Model

(To watch the video, please follow the link to Audi TV: http://tv.audi.com/embed/26959)

When Audi first launched the R8 supercar back in 2006, it created a new poster child for German engineering. With its timeless looks, an available V10 engine, the superior control of Quattro, and performance figures to send Italian ponies back home to reassess their point in life, Audi mustered together a masterpiece. The above video celebrates their achievement. At the same time, Audi teases with a brief image of a refreshed R8 on the way for the coming model year, building on its winning formula.

Today, buyers can choose between two fantastic engine variants: a 430 horsepower base V8 engine, or the aforementioned 560 horsepower V10 — for those who simply require the extra power and performance. Channeling the power to all four wheels of the R8 can be either a satisfying 6-speed manual transmission, or a precise R tronic sequential manual transmission — the paddle shifting kind. Give the R8 enough room, and it will rocket from 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and will push all the way to 300 km/h. And that’s just with the V8.

With the V10, the R8 will clear its throat and howl its engine from 0-100 km/h in just 3.6 seconds, and rocket all the way to an electronically limited 320 km/h in the GT Coupé 5.2 FSI — the fastest R8 that can be found on the road. Wonderfully, the R8 is as refined as it is fast.

Inside the R8 can be found an LCD screen and MMI-inspired center console that controls AM/FM radio functions, the six-disc CD changer, and two SD card slots for easy MP3 playback. Navigation information is given through the speakers as the route-guidance directs the driver in conjunction with turn arrows via the instrument panel, with additional help provided by a detailed colour map on the main screen. As an added option, there’s the Audi Navigation System Plus with convenient Audi Music Interface, in place of the six-disc CD changer.

For those that are sick of hum-drum headliners, there’s a black alcantara headliner. this material is finely crafted and soft to the touch, which helps to add an additional feeling of luxury that spans through the two-seat cockpit. It goes great with the unrivaled sound of the R8′s Bang & Olufsen sound system that delivers 465 watts of power while combining a range of cutting-edge technologies. These include Acoustic Lens technology, proprietary Digital Signal Processing [DSP] and ICEpower digital amplification. With everything working in perfect harmony, the Audi R8 becomes a virtual concert hall on wheels. But of course, you could just turn of the sound system, slide the windows down, and enjoy the sound of the engine while effortlessly carving through the mountains.

Apr 2nd, 2012