Audi announces R8 V8 Limited Edition

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Audi's R8 supercar made its debut back in 2006 and eventually earned resounding praise amongst the world's automotive journalists. The success is even more impressive considering the fact that the R8 is Audi's first ever entry to the supercar segment. What a lot of enthusiasts may not know is that the R8 supercar was named in honour of Audi's ultra-successful R8 sports prototype racecar. Now, Audi is making another race connection with the announcement of the R8 V8 Limited Edition.

The R8 V8 Limited Edition was conceived in celebration of Audi's tenth victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race and features unique exterior and interior modifications and a host of impressive standard upgrades.

The car can be optioned with a special titanium effect paint scheme while an optional Carbon Package adds accessories like carbon sill trim, door mirrors and carbon side blades (positioned behind the engine air intake ducts).

Standard features include a direct injection 4.2-litre V8 engine with 430-horsepower and a stratospheric 8,250 rpm limit. Audi says the R8 V8 Limited Edition can shoot from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds with either a manual transmission or the R tronic dual-clutch automated sequential transmission. Its top speed is rated above 300 km/h (187 mph) regardless of which transmission the R8 V8 Limited Edition is outfitted with.

The power is transferred to 19-inch titanium finish alloy wheels. The unique wheels are inspired by the R8 GT Coupe and feature a 5-arm, double-spoke "Y" design. Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive is standard as is Audi's magnetic ride adaptive suspension, which adjusts damping through magnetically charged, fluid-based shock absorbers. Eye catching red brake calipers are also included.

Standard interior features include satellite navigation, an interior light package, the Audi Music Interface (AMI), a Bang and Olufsen sound system, and "Bluetooth mobile phone preparation" complete with seat-belt microphones.

The R8 V8 Limited Edition also includes distinguished interior accents such as red inserts on the leather seats and red stitching throughout. Even the kneepads, passenger door handle, and floor mats feature red accenting. Illuminated doorsills and stainless steel pedals add further to the sporty interior ambiance.

Only 100 R8 V8 Limited Editions are schedule for production and owners will be able to partake in an R8 Driving Experience at England's world famous Silverstone Circuit. The R8 V8 Limited Edition is now available for order, but only in the U.K. North American fanciers will unfortunately have to admire the car from afar.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Audi, 2011, R8 V8 Limited Edition, $99,999+,

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