2009 Audi R8 5.2 V10
2009 Audi R8 5.2 V10. Click image to enlarge

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2009 Audi R8 5.2 V10

Toronto, Ontario – Audi’s exotic R8 mid-engined sports car is now available with a 5.2-litre, V10 engine that churns out 525 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque.  The Audi R8 V10 rockets from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and in the model with the sequentially shifting R tronic transmission, it reaches 200 km/h in another 8.1 seconds.

The striking Audi R8 5.2 features quattro all-wheel drive, lightweight aluminum body, and innovative all-LED headlights. Audi says the R8 V10 is the result of cumulative know-how from Audi’s string of Le Mans victories. Its naturally aspirated engine combines racing technology such as dry sump lubrication with FSI gasoline direct injection. The specific power output is 100.9 hp per litre of displacement – and each hp has to propel only 3.09 kilograms (6.91 lb) of weight, because the Audi R8 V10 in the version with the six-speed manual gearshift weighs only 1,620 kilograms (3571 lb). The engine accounts for 258 of these kilograms (569 lb) – that’s only 31 kilos (68 lb) more than the V8.

Starting in 2009, this engine will also prove its potential on the world’s racetracks – in the new R8 racing car Audi is developing for customer teams in conformance with the GT3 rules.

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