Billed as the fastest and most powerful production Audi ever, the all-new generation of the R8 has landed in the USA priced as much as a house.
Offered exclusively in V10 guise for now, there are two models to choose from, the entry-level R8 V10 priced at $162,900 and the R8 V10 Plus from $189,900, with both MSRPs excluding a $1,250 destination charge. First deliveries will take place this spring.
In the base model, you get a 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10 churning out 540PS (533hp) and 398 lb-ft of peak torque paired to a standard seven-speed dual-clutch S-tronic and Audi’s all-wheel drive Quattro system, which help it reach 60 mph (96km/h) in 3.5 seconds before topping out 199 mph (320km/h).
Treat yourself to the ‘Plus’ edition, and besides an improved version of the same sonorous V10 that produces 610PS (602hp) and 413 lb-ft of torque that catapults it to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 205 mph (330km/h), again connected to a 7sp S-tronic, you also gain a car that weighs 77 pounds less and comes fitted with numerous special features.
These include standard ceramic brakes, carbon fiber rear diffuser, front lip spoiler, exterior mirror housings and fixed rear wing spoiler, and for the first time ever in the States, racing shell seats.
If you can’t afford it, you might as well enjoy it in the video released by Audi below.