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Old 02-16-2009, 12:04 PM   #1
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Default Audi R8 V10 Bound for U.S.Says Alleged Leaked Memo




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A memo allegedly leaked out from Audi of America indicates the Audi R8 V10 will go on sale across the United States. The memo, obtained by our friends over at AutoBlog.com, mentions the extensive media coverage and "overwhelming customer" interest as the key factors in the decision.


Fully pushing the car stateside is not a gigantic surprise since the vehicle made it's world debut in Detroit last January and the very first U.S. spec unit is set to go to auction next week in Florida at the 3rd Annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance.


The rear-wheel-drive Audi R8 V10 sports car features a 518 horsepower, 5.2-liter engine that produces up to 391 ft-lb of torque. This is the same engine found in the Lamborghini Gallardo (both Lambo and Audi are owned by VW). It is paired with either a six-speed manual or R-tronic six-speed sequential shift transmission. The V10 has a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 196 mph.


In the memo, the author sees V10 pricing being $45,000 more than the V8's $114,200 asking price. However, there is a small chance we may see the V10 priced a bit lower. In the U.K., the V10 is about £19,500 more than the V8. That corresponds to a $28,000 price difference, meaning the Audi R8 V10 could go for about $142,000. This also equals about a Ä22,000 price difference for the U.K. market, versus a Ä35,000 ($45,000) cost difference in Germany. Perhaps the memo's author took a guess based on currency exchange rates.


At least, we hope he did.
Don't expect to see a rapid release of the car's in the U.S. just yet. Audi is still coping with the high popularity of the V8 models. Many customers of that car still have quite a wait before they can take delivery. U.S. deliveries of the new Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 could begin as late as January 2010. With a little luck, America may see them starting in October.
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:20 PM   #2
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Why did they make the R8 with MORE power RWD and not AWD...doesn't make sense to me. It's not like the R8 was an understeering pig as an AWD car...
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Why did they make the R8 with MORE power RWD and not AWD...doesn't make sense to me. It's not like the R8 was an understeering pig as an AWD car...
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Old 02-16-2009, 01:45 PM   #4
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Probably to provide a heads up of what the chassis will do when in rwd form. With the -4 on the end of the new lamborghini's, it is a matter of time until they offer -2 variants.

This is going to be a sweet car, cant wait to see more details on it.

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Sign me up!

Now I just need $140k to blow.
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Old 02-16-2009, 04:24 PM   #6
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It's AWD.
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:01 PM   #7
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..........damn that is gorgeous
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:23 PM   #9
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Let me just whip out my wallet and ummmmm.......... haha, nevermind.


Beautiful car though.....


Here are my options to afford this car one day:


A. Hit the lottery

B. Design some type of medical device used in the cardiac surgery field

C. Become the trust fund recipient of an unknown millionaire

D. Strike it rich by working on Subarus



Maybe B or D, as they seem the most likely options, but, I am keeping my hopes up for A also.....


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Just so beautiful.
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I'm trying to move on to another thread, but damn.
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