July 9, 2007
Source: Audi Canada
Today Audi Canada announced the starting price of its new Audi R8 sports car. The R8 will start at $139,000 for the mid-engined, quattro all-wheel drive equipped, aluminum sports car.
Audi has incorporated the name and the genes of the five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, the Audi R8, into a spectacular sports car. As the first Audi mid-engined sports car, the R8 combines Audi’s experience gained from numerous motorsport triumphs with groundbreaking design and the acknowledged technological expertise of the brand.
The mid-mounted V8 FSI engine, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and Audi Space Frame aluminum body form the basis for truly outstanding driving dynamics. At 7,800 rpm the 4.2-liter engine delivers 420 hp of power output. Peak torque is 317 ft.-lbs. from 4.500 to 6,000 rpm. No less than 90 percent of this maximum torque is maintained consistently throughout a wide engine speed range from 3,500 all the way to 7,600 rpm. The performance figures are equally impressive: the R8 accelerates from a standstill to 100 kph in 4.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 301 kph.
Among the multitude of unique design fixtures found on the R8, the integrated side blade, which is available in three different and distinct styles, allows for greater personalization while giving the body contour and texture. The aerodynamics experts at Audi have done their work so thoroughly on the R8 that, as an added benefit of its elegant shape, the body actually produces a downforce – unlike many other sports cars. The ability to personalize the vehicle to the customer’s personal preferences continues with the interior, where a wide array of options such as the 12 speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, trim options to accent the exterior, and a variety of perfectly accentuated leather colours are available. Customers in Canada will also be able to choose from a wide array of Audi R8 branded merchandise and luxury goods including a specially fitted R8 luggage set, a unique R8 watch and more.
Look for the first fortunate Audi R8 customers to be driving on Canadian roads this September.