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SNAPPED IN JHB: Audi R8

2006-10-25 11:36

Audi R8 to be at the Auto Africa Motor Show (Photo: Henry le Roux)

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Audi
Model R8
Engine 4.2 FSI V8
Power 309 kW
Torque 430 Nm
Top Speed 301 km/h

Audi's stunning R8 is to make its appearance at the Auto Africa Motor Show later this week. However, an eagle-eyed Wheels24 reader spotted the car in Johannesburg.

The R8 is the newest edition to the Audi model line-up and made its first official appearance at the Paris Motor Show in September.

Despite its presence at Auto Africa, South African sales will only kick off in the middle of 2007.

Wheels24 has learned that the expected price tag will be about R1.5-million.

The R8 is be powered by Audi's 309 kW, direct-injection, 4.2-liter V8 found in the RS4. About 430 Nm of torque is available from 4 500-6 500 r/min.

A more potent V10, from the S6 and S8, will be available too at a later stage.

According to Audi the all-wheel-drive R8 accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 301 km/h.

Two transmissions are available: a manual 6-speed gearbox or optionally the Audi R-tronic sequential-shift gearbox.

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