Earlier this week, West London Audi held a special launch evening to introduce the all-new Audi R8. Located at Audis flagship centre, the special night was hosted by Ray Campbell and his dedicated team of Audi Sport Specialists. Attendees not only got to see the new R8 for the first time, but also had the opportunity to look around the worlds first Audi Sport showroom.
Guests could enjoy amuse-bouche and champagne whilst browsing Audis impressive Sport range. We were also joined by the Bang & Olufsen team who had a demonstration area to showcase their fantastic technologies and latest products they have available. In addition to this, we had other displays from United Autosports, Ducati Motorcycles and Oris Watches.
The R8 is the dynamic spearhead of the Audi range. In its second generation, the high-performance sports car has been newly developed from the ground up – it is more taut, more striking and more focused. The ten-cylinder engine is available in two versions, the R8 V10 and V10 Plus.
The R8 V10 produces a mighty 540PS, sprints from 0 to 62mph in just 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 200mph. The R8 V10 plus is even more powerful and is the fastest series-production Audi of all time. It develops 610PS, 0 to 62mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 205mph.
In both engine versions, power is transmitted to a rapid-shifting seven-speed S tronic transmission installed behind the engine. The S tronic has three automatic modes and can also be controlled manually. Shift commands are transmitted electronically (shift-by-wire). The launch control system manages full-throttle acceleration from a standing start. Behind the steering wheel of the new Audi R8, the driver feels like a racing driver. All functions are driver-oriented and allow easy operation even when the critical limits
are reached – and all without the driver having to take his or her hands off the steering wheel. The newly designed sport seats with integrated headrest provide excellent lateral support. Even more radical seating for a sports car comes in the form of the newly developed R8 bucket seats. These make a clear statement confirming the relationship between lightweight construction and comfort (optional in the V10 and standard in the V10 plus).