Well, Audi Ireland has announced pricing and equipment details for its unbelievable mid-engine, high-performance sports car, the all-new Audi R8 Coupé and it will fall squarely into the realm of being for Lotto winners only.
The second-generation model of this iconic supercar will be available in Ireland from October, with a starting price of €231,500 for the V10 model and €263,000 for the V10+.
Orders, we are told, will open next month through Audi Ireland’s exclusive R8 retailer and repairer, Audi Centre in Ballsbridge.
We all know the original R8 to have been an unbelievable performer, but Audi says the new car improves upon its predecessor in every possible way. With its 5.2 FSI engine, the 610 bhp R8 V10+ accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds, reaching an eye-watering top speed of 330km/h.
Audi says much of the performance gains by the new car are down to its ground-breaking multi-material Audi Space Frame chassis — both the V10 and V10+ models weigh 50kg less than the first-generation R8. This weight reduction comes despite the inclusion of extra class-leading equipment.
As well as that, the quattro drive system of the R8 has been fully redeveloped. Intelligent all-wheel drive software continually distributes torque to where it’s needed, resulting in breathtaking performance. The extremely dynamic chassis and adjustable electronic stability control can be exploited with Audi Drive Select through a choice of four modes (comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual).
As standard, the all-new R8 features Audi’s quattro drive system, 19in alloys, LED headlights, and rear dynamic turn signals.
In the interior, the characteristic element is the monoposto, a large arc in the area around the driver’s seat ensures that the driver experiences the same feeling of sitting in a racecar that racing drivers enjoy. The new steering wheel design with shift paddles features the dynamic driving controls clustered on satellite-style buttons.
Connectivity is delivered through Audi’s innovative digital virtual cockpit display, with MMI navigation+ with touchpad as standard. Leather sports seats ensure comfort on all road surfaces at all speeds.
Christian Gussen, managing director of Audi Ireland, said the all-new R8 is “the zenith of Audi’s commercial sports car engineering and design”.
“The second-generation Audi R8 is the fastest and most powerful commercial sports car that we have ever produced. Combining impressive speed, a powerful, high-performance engine, and lightweight design, the all-new R8 is a dynamic, exhilarating drive,” he said.
Start buying those Lotto tickets now, boys and girls — unless, of course, you’ve already got a substantial stash in the mattress.
Meanwhile, the car which will almost certainly be the basis of the new Audi Q6 will be shown in concept form at the forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.
The car in question is the Audi e-tron quattro concept at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. This sporty SUV provides an outlook on the brand’s first large-series electric car.
The Audi e-tron quattro concept is designed from the ground-up as an electric car and proves to be pioneering in its segment at the very first glance. It follows the Audi ‘Aerosthetics’ concept, combining technical measures for reducing aerodynamic drag with creative design solutions. Movable aerodynamic elements at the front, on the sides and at the rear improve the air flow around the car. The aerodynamically optimised underbody is completely closed. With a CD value of 0.25, the car sets a new record in the SUV segment. This contributes considerably to the long range of more than 500km.
The study is based on the second-generation modular longitudinal platform, which provides considerable scope for the drive system and package. Its length is between that of the Audi Q5 and the Q7. Its typical SUV body and flat, coupé-like cabin give the Audi e-tron quattro concept a very dynamic appearance. The interior offers room for four people.
The large lithium-ion battery is positioned between the axles and below the passenger compartment. This installation position provides for a low centre of gravity and a balanced axle load distribution. And that gives the car better driving dynamics and driving safety than other vehicles in the segment.
Audi uses its experience with the electrically driven Audi R8 e-tron sports car for the drive system. Three electric motors — one on the front axle and two on the rear axle — drive the Audi e-tron quattro concept.
We will, undoubtedly have more in due course.