October 12, 2006
Audi shows its R8 sports car at New York City Forum
Audi R8. Click image to enlarge
New York, New York – Audi of America has celebrated the grand opening of its first U.S. “brand experience centre”, the New York City Audi Forum, with the North American debut of the Audi R8 sports car. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will deliver the R8 to the Forum on its inaugural drive in the U.S.
In addition to being an Audi store, the Forum includes a public event space that can be used to host up to 150 people. Capable of displaying up to five cars at one time, the centre includes three 63-inch plasma screens, a lighting control system producing 13,000 watts of light and a multi-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. A moving LED wall capable of displaying high-definition video content runs on a track outside the building and is similar to those used by major Las Vegas hotels.
The R8 uses a mid-mounted 420-hp V8 engine, Quattro permanent all-wheel drive and Audi Space Frame aluminum body; it will have its American auto show debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, and will be available in the summer of 2008.