Audi Completes Development of V-10-Powered R8
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Audi has completed development of a 530-horse V-10-powered R8. But demand forthe regular R8 is so strong in the
United States that the company haspushed back the launch of the car until well into 2009, according to www.motortrend.com.
With morepower, at least 110 horses extra-plus upgraded suspension, wheels, tires, andbrakes, the V-10 will move the R8 into supercar territory. The easy way to pickthe V-10 version from the regular R8 is the extended scoops on the car’sdistinctive side blades, needed to get more cooling air into the enginecompartment.
The newV-10 will be the first of a wave of R8 variants coming over the next few years.First to follow will be a roadster version of the V-8, succeeded by a roadsterV-10. For packaging reasons, the R8 roadsters will likely feature a retractablesofttop similar to those used on convertible versions of the Gallardo andFerrari F430.