It’s the fastest Audi ever seen in Australia and also the most expensive, we’re talking about the Audi R8 V10 which officially went on sale in Australia today.
The bad news is that, even if you have the $351,000 to buy one, there’s little chance you will have the opportunity as Audi is reportedly only bring 10 into the country this year, and they’ve all been sold.
Developed jointly with quattro GmbH, the R8 V10 sees Audi reinforcing its leading position in the high-performance sports car segment.
The newly developed 10-cylinder engine develops 386kW of breathtaking performance while 530Nm of torque endows it with unstoppable power.
Both R-tronic sequential gearbox and a six-speed manual transmission are available.
Audi’s managing director, Joerg Hofmann, says this new model, while niche, will nonetheless significantly boost the brand’s cache in the sports car segment.
“The R8 V8 has been very successful in Australia, so much so that we have been securing additional production from other markets to fill our waiting lists,” Mr Hoffman said.
“This new V10 version will certainly prove popular with an exclusive number of customers who want blistering performance, combined with head-turning design and the vast benefit offered by our vehicle which is everyday versatility,” he added.
quattro permanent all-wheel drive, Audi Space Frame ASF lightweight technology, mid-ship engine mounting and the innovative all-LED lights propel the new Audi model right to the top of its competitive field.
Offering clear proof of the benefits of these technologies, the R8 5.2 FSI quattro manual tips the scales at 1620kg thanks to its lightweight body.
The exterior of the V10 version differs distinctly from its V8 sibling, particularly at the front, at the side blades, which provide the engine with intake air, and at the tail end.
A very distinctive highlight of the R8 V10 is the all-LED headlights as standard equipment.
The Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro covers zero to 100km/h in a blinding 3.9 seconds and passes the 200km/h mark in another 8.1secs, using the R-tronic gearbox, before blasting on to a top speed of 316km/h.
The V10 engine is firmly rooted in Audi’s motorsport tradition and it revs all the way up to 8700 rpm, almost as high as a racing engine.
It’s not all unbridled performance and thanks to direct injection technology, the R8 5.2 FSI quattro with sequential R-tronic transmission, gets by on an average fuel consumption of 13.7 litres per 100 kilometres.
Audi R8 model range and pricing:
Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro manual $277,200
Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro R tronic $293,100
Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro manual $351,000
Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro R tronic $366,900
Pricing reflects manufacturer’s recommended pricing including GST and LCT (excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges).