Details of the eagerly anticipated second-generation of the Audi R8 Coupe have been announced by Audi Ireland.
The mid-engined, high-performance sports car will be available in Ireland from October 2015 with ordering opening in September through Audi Ireland's exclusive R8 retailer and repairer, Audi Centre in Ballsbridge. The second-generation of the iconic supercar will have a starting price of €231,500 for the V10 model and €263,000 for the V10+.
The newest generation of the Audi R8 improves upon its predecessor in every possible way. The 5.2 FSI engine allows the 610hp R8 V10+ to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 330km/h.
The ground-breaking multi-material Audi Space Frame chassis on the V10 and V10+ mean they now weigh 50kg less than the first-generation R8 despite the inclusion of additional class-leading equipment.
The quattro system in the all-new R8 has also been fully redeveloped. Breath taking performance is achieved thanks to the intelligent all-wheel drive software that works continuously to distribute torque to where it's needed. The dynamic chassis and adjustable electronic stability control can be altered with Audi Drive Select through a choice of four modes - auto, comfort, dynamic and individual.
Inside, the characteristic element is the monoposto, a large arc in the area around the driver's seat that gives the driver the same feeling of sitting in a race car that race drivers enjoy. The new steering wheel design with shift paddles features dynamic driving controls clustered on the satellite-style buttons.
Connectivity is achieved through the innovative virtual cockpit display, with MMI navigation+ with touch pad as standard while leather sports seats ensure comfort on all road surfaces at all speeds.
Christian Gussen, Managing Director of Audi Ireland, said the all-new R8 is "the zenith of Audi's commercial sports car engineering and design."
He continued "The second-generation Audi R8 is the fastest and most powerful commercial sports car that we have ever produced. Combining impressive speed, a powerful high-performance engine and lightweight design, the all-new R8 is a dynamic, exhilarating drive."
For more information or to register your interest please contact Audi Centre, South Dublin, Ireland's exclusive R8 retailer and repairer.