September 28, 2006

Audi unveils new Audi R8 mid-engine sports car

Audi R8
Audi R8. Click image to enlarge

Paris, France – Audi unveiled its new R8 mid-engine sports car last night prior to putting it on display at the Paris auto show. Similar to the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car unveiled three years ago, the production R8 features a mid-mounted 420-hp V8 FSI engine, a manual 6-speed gearbox or optional Audi R-tronic sequential-shift gearbox with paddle shifters, quattro all-wheel drive, and Audi’s space-frame aluminium body.

Audi says the R8 accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 301 km/h. Features include an automatically extending rear spoiler, LED headlights, transparent engine cover, and driver-oriented cockpit.

The Audi R8 is scheduled to go on sale in Canada in late summer of 2007. Pricing was not announced.

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