Audi is going to use the upcoming Detroit Auto Show for the US debut of the 2014 Audi R8 and RS5 Cabriolet models. "Coming off the momentum we've built with the launch of the all-new Audi S models, the new Audi R8 and RS 5 Cabriolet further invigorate the next chapter of our Audi performance models," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "We know that driving enthusiasts are excited to have these cars come to our shores, but they will be even more thrilled to know this is just the beginning."
The 2014 R8 is offered with three different engine variants: the R8 V8, the R8 V10 and the R8 V10 Plus. The 2014 R8 is now more dynamic and powerful than ever before thanks to numerous improvements, including a newly developed seven-speed S tronic transmission that helped improve the 0-60 mph time by 0.3 seconds on the R8 V10 Plus. At the top of the range is the new R8 V10 Plus with 550 horsepower and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. Equipped with the S tronic, it catapults from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 196 mph. It weighs approximately 100 lbs. less than the R8 V10 due to utilizing carbon fiber side blades, front splitter, rear diffuser, spoiler; a smaller fuel tank; manual Alcantara seats and ceramic brakes.
Other updates to the 2014 R8 are the newly structured LED headlights that are now standard on all models, the hexagonal Singleframe grille, new side mirrors and the large, round tailpipe trims. The Audi R8 V10 with the S tronic completes the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.4 seconds and generates 525 horsepower with 391 lb.-ft. of torque. It has a top speed of 195 mph. The Audi R8 V8 FSI produces 430 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. In combination with the seven-speed S tronic, it accelerates the R8 V8 from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. All Audi R8 models have the option of the gated 6-speed manual transmission or the S tronic transmission. The Audi R8 Spyder is available with the V8 and V10 engine. The R8 V10 Plus is available as a coupe only.
The 2014 RS5 Cabriolet is a new soft-top four-seat version of the RS5 Coupe. With nearly identical performance numbers as the coupe, the RS 5 Cabriolet is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine with FSI direct injection. Its 4.2 liter engine outputs 450 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and produces a maximum torque of 317 lb.-ft. The Audi RS5 Cabriolet reaches zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and its top speed is limited to 174 mph.
Both the 2014 R8 and RS5 Cabriolet will go on sale in the spring.
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