Audi of America has announced the
debut of the powerful 2015 R8 competition at the upcoming 2014 Los Angeles Auto
Show. The R8 competition delivers 570 hp and has racing-inspired, lightweight
matte carbon elements. A total of 60 units will be produced at the R8
production facility in Neckarsulm, Germany.
“The limited-edition Audi R8
competition is the closest road car to our R8 LMS ultra race car that has won
virtually every race around the world,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of
America in a press release.
The high-performance R8
competition has a 5.2L V10 engine mated to a seven-speed S tronic transmission;
The car has sport exhaust system with black high-gloss tailpipes. This
combination results in a 0-60 mph (almost 97kmph) time of 3.2 seconds and a top
speed of 199 mph (320kmph), making it the fastest R8 ever offered.
The car shares the same
naturally aspirated V10 FSI engine as the Audi R8 LMS race car which has won
Daytona and Nuerburgring 24 hour races as well as all other major GT races
around the globe. The award-winning GT-engine represents the pinnacle of
durability, requiring its first major service after approximately 13,000 miles (20921
km approx.) under race conditions or approximately one full race season.
Competitor engines require a major service after one 24 hour race.
The Audi R8 competition design
has striking matte carbon exterior elements consisting of a fixed rear spoiler,
engine bay, mirror housings, flics, side blades, front spoiler and rear
diffusor. The combination of the carbon elements lower the weight of the R8
competition and also provide greater downforce. Gloss black wheels with 305
cross-section rear tires and ceramic brakes with anodized red brake calipers
provide a stunning contrast to the matte carbon fibre elements. Inside, drivers
will find a matte carbon fiber treatment including the centre console and
illuminated “R8 competition” door sill inlays. The R8 competition is an Audi
exclusive line vehicle, which allows the driver to pair a variety of interior
and exterior colours and choose from a selection of wheel finishes for a
striking look designed to meet driver needs and tastes.
Customers can begin ordering
the Audi R8 competition as of early November with deliveries expected as of the
beginning of 2015.
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