Next month at the Los Angles International Auto Show, Audi will be debuting the 2015 R8 Competition, the ultimate iteration of the current generation R8, which began production in June of 2007.
The Audi R8 Competition is the street going variant of the track oriented R8 LMS racer. After its debut at the auto show, Audi will be sending only 60 examples of this car to the United States.
The road going R8 competition will be powered by the same 5.2 L V10 as the one found in the race car. Thanks to some engine modification and sports-exhaust system, the final power output is a very healthy 570 HP, same as the race car’s power figure. The engine will be exclusively mated to a quick shifting seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The estimated 0 to 60 MPH is around 3.2 seconds to a top speed of well over 200 MPH.
Compared to the standard R8 V10, the competition model receives a lot of additional carbon fiber components to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle. Similar to the R8 LMS racer, the competition version comes standard with a fixed rear spoiler, larger air diffuser in the back with additional aerodynamic components at front to provide additional down force in order to maintain stability at high rates of speed. To help stop the car, Audi has equipped it with standard ceramic brakes on both axles.
At the moment of the writing, Audi has not announced the final price for the R8 Competition, but it will definitely carry a sizable premium over the standard R8 V10’s starting price of $153,000. Audi will begin taking orders for the car in November and customers are expected to take delivery of their vehicles at the beginning of 2015.
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