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Released: Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro

Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro (copyright image)

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13th August, 2009

  • New 5.2 litre V10 engine for R8 sports coupe
  • Audi Space Frame, 'mid-ship' engine and quattro all-wheel drive
  • V10 will continue the success of the V8 version in Australia

Audi’s extraordinary R8 sports coupe has a new leader – the V10 version is now available in Australia.

Developed jointly with quattro GmbH, the R8 V10 sees Audi reinforcing its position in the high-performance sports car segment. The newly-developed ten-cylinder engine develops 386 kW of performance and 530 Nm of torque. Both R tronic sequential gearbox and a 6-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. 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,” Mr Hofmann said.

With quattro permanent all-wheel drive, Audi Space Frame ASF light weight technology, mid-ship engine mounting and the innovative all-LED lights propel the new Audi model right into a competitive field.

Offering clear proof of the benefits of these technologies, the R8 5.2 FSI quattro manual tips the scales at 1,620 kg thanks to its light weight body. Built of aluminium in the Audi Space Frame design, it weighs just 210 kilogrammes. The ASF design is extremely rigid, which ensures dynamic, precise and secure handling as well as occupant safety.

The car is very highly-equipped including heated seat covers of Fine Nappa leather, Navigation system plus, Bang & Olufsen sound system and automatic air conditioning – all standard equipment. Carefully arranged interior details showcase the leading position of this top-of-the-line model – it evens offers 190 litres of luggage space behind the seats and under the bonnet.

The exterior of this V10 version differs distinctly from its V8 sibling – particularly at the front, at the sideblades 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. Audi is the world’s first car maker to use LEDs for the high beam, low beam, daytime running lights and turn signals.

The Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro covers zero to 100 km/h in a blinding 3.9 seconds and passes the 200 km/h mark in another 8.1 seconds (R tronic). A top speed of 316 km/h exemplifies its breathtaking dynamics, coupled with a ferocious response to the accelerator, outstanding revving ability, and a thrilling engine note.

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The V10 engine is firmly rooted in Audi’s great motor sport tradition. It revs all the way up to 8,700 rpm – almost as high as a racing engine. At 6,500 rpm the naturally aspirated 5.2-litre engine delivers the full 530 Nm of torque, and at 8,000 rpm it achieves its maximum power output of 386 kW.

The ten-cylinder layout is ideal for maximum dynamism. Compared to a V8 with the same displacement, a V10 has smaller and lighter pistons and connecting rods, which makes it a free-revving engine. Compared to a V12, on the other hand, it has fewer components, resulting in lower moving masses and less internal friction. And it is very compact – even with all attached components the 10-cylinder engine is only 646 mm long, 737 mm wide and 696 mm high.

Thanks to direct injection FSI technology, the R8 5.2 FSI quattro with sequential R tronic transmission, gets by on an average of 13.7 litres per 100 km. Dry sump lubrication is another technology derived from motor sport that ensures oil feed in any position – even at the maximum transverse acceleration of 1.2 g.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive distributes the engine’s torque to all four wheels, with a strong bias towards the rear wheels. The R8 V10 quattro features an axle load distribution of 44 to 56 per cent – ideal for a mid-engine sports car. All four wheels are guided by dual aluminium wishbones. The suspension is tuned for a highly dynamic yet comfortable experience, thanks to Audi magnetic ride. This standard technology continually adapts the function of the shock absorbers to the requirements of the driver and the road.

Exclusive 19-inch wheels of 10-spoke Y design are standard equipment. The front wheels are equipped with 235/35 tyres, the rear with 295/30 tyres.

The R8 5.2 FSI quattro is a winner – its genes contain the cumulative experience of eight Le Mans triumphs and many other victories achieved by Audi over the past nine years.

Audi R8 model range and pricing

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Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro R tronic
Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro manual
Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro R tronic

Please note, this pricing reflects manufacturer’s recommended pricing including GST and LCT (excluding dealer delivery and statutory charges).


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