Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer has announced the launch of the new Audi R8 – the sporty spearhead of the Audi model lineup. This high performance super sports car which is equipped with a newly developed seven-speed S tronic is priced from INR 13,455,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the V8 Coupé, INR 15,788,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the V10 Coupé and INR 17,355,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) for the V10 Spyder.
The new Audi R8 was launched by Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India. “Our outstanding performance in 2012 established Audi as the fastest growing luxury car brand in India and this successful run will continue this year too. 2013 is a critical year for Audi in India and we will see the announcement of several initiatives on the product and network front. First month of 2013 already saw the launch of new Audi Q5 and I am confident that with the launch of this new Audi R8 we will further consolidate our leadership position in the super sports car segment in India”, said Michael Perschke.
``We are presently the growth drivers of the luxury car market in India and I am confident that 2013 will be more rewarding than 2012, despite the price hike. Audi R8 is the top of the line product of quattro GmbH and embodies cutting-edge technology of a performance car. Many of its features can also be found in the Audi RS5, Audi S4, Audi TT and the soon to be launched, Audi S6 ”, he added.
The Audi R8 V8 delivers 316 kW (430 hp) and 430 Nm of torque between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm. In combination with the seven-speed S tronic, it accelerates the R8 Coupé from zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 300 km/h. The Audi R8 V10 Coupé with the S tronic completes the standard sprint in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 314 km/h and delivers 386 kW (525 hp). The new Audi R8 V10 Spyder sprints in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 311 km/h.
“Immense power, spontaneous response, extraordinarily free-revving and a rousing sound – the new Audi R8 with its skin-tingling sports car experience epitomizes the Audi customer today. Equipped with a powerful V8 and V10 engine, a single-frame grille with tapered corners, round tailpipes, cornering lights and a whole series of performance characteristics, this high performance sports car has some of the most eye-catching new features,” Mr. Perschke added.
The Audi engineers have reduced the weight of the top model by roughly 50 kilograms. The R8 V8 with the seven-speed S tronic gearbox (without a driver) tips the scales at just 1,660 kilograms. An aluminum Audi Space Frame weighs just 210 kilograms, roughly 40 percent less than a comparable steel structure. The body of the R8 Spyder with its electrohydraulically actuated cloth top weighs 216 kilograms. The ASF body lays the foundation for the dynamic, precise and safe handling and high passive safety.
The German luxury car manufacturer has recorded an impressive 63 percent growth in India in the calendar year 2012, exceeding its annual sales targets, yet again (Jan-Dec 2011: 5511 units). Audi registered a total sale of 931 units in December 2012 in India, a strong growth of 136 percent over the same period last year (Dec 2011: 394 units). Audi launches the new R8 starting at Rs 1.34 crore | wheelsunplugged.com