The German automaker, Audi has recently wraps off its facelifted R8 ahead of its public debut at the Paris motor show in September. Instead of a complete redesign, the new R8 will see a few minor uplifts on the exteriors and interiors along with some changes under the hood. For instance, a new 7 speed S tronic dual clutch transmission takes the place of the earlier 6 speed automated manual R tronic.
Exterior features on the new R8 include a new bumper and light cluster design, a new ‘R8’ logo, a restyled rear diffuser and rounded single exhaust pipes in each corner. While the interiors are slightly modified, the changes are limited to the instrument pane and paddles. There is a Nappa full-leather treatment for seats, door panels and lining. Also standard is the navigation system and the Bang & Olufsen Sound System and a choice of matte colors.
Where power and speed are concerned, the 4.2 liter V8 engine is capable of 424 hp and 430 Nm torque with top speed of 300 km/h, while the 5.2 liter V10 engine promises 518 hp and 530 Nm torque and a top speed of 314 km/h. Auto emissions now stand lowered by 22 g/km and weight is also reduced due to the inclusion of a new Wave design for brake disks that lowers weight by nearly 2 kgs as against the earlier round disc brakes.
Prices in Germany start at €113,500 ($137,576 or Rs 77.15 lacs) for the V8 Coupe while V8 Spyder will cost €124,800 ($151,266 or 84.82 lacs). R8 V10 Plus will be available for €173,200 (209,931 or Rs 1.17 crores). The new R8 is expected to reach the Europe market around end of this year and will reach U.S.A by the first quarter of the coming year.
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