Audi announce Irish pricing and spec for new R8 sportscar
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Audi Ireland has this week announced pricing and equipment details for its mid-engined, high-performance sports car, the all-new Audi R8 Coupe.
The second-generation model of this iconic supercar will be available in Ireland from October 2015, with a starting price of €231,500 for the V10 model; and €263,000 for the V10+.
Orders will open in September through Audi Ireland’s exclusive R8 retailer and repairer, Audi Centre in Ballsbridge.
The car improves upon its first-generation predecessor in every possible way.
With its 5.2-litre FSI petrol engine, the 610bhp R8 V10+ accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 330 km/h.
Thanks to the ground-breaking multi-material Audi Space Frame (ASF) chassis, both the V10 and V10+ models weigh 50kg less than the first-generation R8. This weight reduction comes despite the inclusion of extra premium equipment.
The quattro drive system of the R8 has been fully re-developed.
The intelligent all-wheel drive software continually distributes torque to where it’s needed resulting in breath taking performance.
The extremely-dynamic chassis and adjustable electronic stability control (ESC) can be exploited with Audi Drive Select through a choice of four modes (comfort, auto, dynamic and individual).
As standard, the all-new R8 features Audi’s quattro drive system, 19-inch alloys, LED headlights and rear dynamic turn signals.
In the interior (pictured below), the characteristic element is the monoposto, a large arc in the area around the driver’s seat ensure that the driver experiences the same feeling of sitting in a race car that race drivers enjoy.
The new steering wheel design with shift paddles features the dynamic driving controls clustered on satellite-style buttons.
Connectivity is delivered through Audi’s innovative digital virtual cockpit display, with MMI navigation+ with touch pad as standard. Leather sports seats ensure comfort on all road surfaces at all speeds.
Christian Gussen, Managing Director of Audi Ireland, said: “The all-new R8 is “the zenith of Audi’s commercial sports car engineering and design.
“The second-generation Audi R8 is the fastest and most powerful commercial sports car that we have ever produced.
"Combining impressive speed, a powerful, high-performance engine and lightweight design, the all-new R8 is a dynamic, exhilarating drive,” he said.