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…Audi announced the R8 in Paris today?

Audi R8

Today in Paris, Audi unleashed the R8 sports car on the world. The specs are as follows:

  • All-aluminum body
  • 4.2L 420-horsepowermid-mounted V8
  • 320 lb-ft peak torque from 4,500 to 6,000 RPM. 90% of max available from 3500 rpm and up
  • 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds
  • Top speed of 187 mph
  • All headlight functions available as LEDs
  • Typically excellent Audi interior
  • Automatically-extending rear spoiler
  • Two transmissions available: 6-speed manual and Audi R Tronic sequential shift gearbox
  • R Tronic can be shifted via console stick or wheel-mounted paddles
  • Quattro all-wheel-drive
  • Available magnetic ride system
  • 18″ wheels standard, 19″ optional
  • First time the Audi rings are on the hood instead of the vehicle grille
  • Clear engine cover
  • 3 colors available for the side trim panel

The looks of this car are stunning, and with 420 horses on tap powering the aluminum body, performance ought to match nicely. I only wish they would have stuffed in a real monster of an engine to compete with the likes of Ferrari or Lamborghini (or even Bugatti). I guess that only happens in my dreams though. Oh well, hopefully this sells well so that companies get the message that people want to buy cars similar to the concept pieces they put out instead of the watered down versions that eventually hit the street. Look for it in early 2007.

[Audi R8]

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