AUBURN HILLS, MI – Audi has completed development of a 530-horse V-10-powered R8. But demand for the regular R8 is so strong in the
United States that the company has pushed back the launch of the car until well into 2009, according to


With more power, at least 110 horses extra-plus upgraded suspension, wheels, tires, and brakes, the V-10 will move the R8 into supercar territory. The easy way to pick the V-10 version from the regular R8 is the extended scoops on the car’s distinctive side blades, needed to get more cooling air into the engine compartment.

The new V-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 roadster V-10. For packaging reasons, the R8 roadsters will likely feature a retractable softtop similar to those used on convertible versions of the Gallardo and Ferrari F430.