Hot Audi R8 due for South Africa too
This red-hot sportster was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. It is derived from the Le Mans Quattro concept first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2003.
The R8 will initially 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.
The R8 is 1.90 metres wide but just 4.43 metres long and 1.25 metres high. Audi says the 2.65 metre wheelbase results in a spacious cabin with enough room for the longitudinally mounted engine behind it.
Behind the doors, a large-surface "sideblade" air deflector sweeps between the wheel arch and the roof section, delivering air for the V8 to breathe as well as for cooling. The paint finish of the sideblades is coordinated with the body colour.
The front end is characterised by the trapezoidal styling of the Audi single-frame grille, flanked on the right and left by additional large-dimensioned air intakes.
For the first time, the four-ring badge is positioned on the bonnet, above the grille. The flat strips of the innovative LED headlights, with their clear-glass covers, join flush to the tops of the air intakes.
According to Audi SA spokesperson Rudi Venter the R8 will go on sale in South Africa in the second half of 2007.