The Stelvio Pass in an Audi R8 5.2 FSI V-10 Quattro: Paradise or Purgatory?

Some say the highway through northern Italy’s Stelvio Pass is the greatest driving road in the world.

Some of those same people say the 525-horsepower Audi R8 5.2 FSI V-10 Quattro is one of the greatest sports cars in the world.
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The Audi R8 GT: Extreme lightweight construction and tremendous performance

The R8 high-performance sports car has been a winner from the very beginning. This applies to both the production models, winners of the “World Performance Car” Award in 2008 (R8) and in 2010 (R8 V10), and to the race car, the R8 LMS, which won 23 races in its first season and claimed three championships. The genes of the race version are now coming to the street – in the R8 GT. The exclusive series is limited to 333 units. Each R8 GT has a badge with its production number on the shift lever knob.

Consistent use of lightweight construction: 100 kilograms (220.46 lb) trimmed

The production R8 5.2 FSI quattro is already a shining example of the Audi’s lightweight construction philosophy. Its aluminum Audi Space Frame (ASF) body weighs only 210 kilograms (462.97 lb). The aluminum body panels are joined to the frame of extruded profiles and cast nodes by means of positive and friction connections. The engine frame is made of ultra lightweight magnesium.
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Audi Releases 2010 Model Year Pricing

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Audi today released pricing for many of its 2010 model-year offerings, which are headed to authorized Audi dealerships to meet strong consumer demand.

Audi is adding a variety of new vehicles and product enhancements in its 2010 model year portfolio. Chief among the advances: Audi stands as the only automaker in the U.S. featuring efficient and performance-tuned FSI direct injection technology with all of its gasoline-powered engines. Audi will also offer navigation as standard equipment for a limited time on 2010 Audi A6 Premium Plus models. And every Audi model will have distinctive LED daytime running lights as available or standard equipment. Continue reading Audi Releases 2010 Model Year Pricing

Audi Announces 2010 Model-Year Prices for Its Audi R8 Cars

2010 Audi R8
Audi today announced that the U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the highly anticipated 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro V10 sports car will start at $146,000, with shipments to authorized Audi R8 dealerships across the country beginning this week.

Audi said the MSRP for the 2010 Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro will start at $114,200, unchanged from the base prices for 2009 models: 

2010 R8 5.2 FSI quattro (V10) pricing (excluding $1,200 destination charge, taxes, title, options and dealer charges):

    R8 5.2 FSI quattro coupe (manual)             $146,000
    R8 5.2 FSI quattro coupe (R tronic)           $155,100

2010 R8 4.2 FSI quattro (V8) pricing (excluding $1,200 destination charge, taxes, title, options and dealer charges):

    R8 4.2 FSI quattro coupe (manual)             $114,200
    R8 4.2 FSI quattro coupe (R tronic)           $123,300

The addition of the R8 V10 adds new levels of power to a sports car already renowned for delivering premium comfort uncommon in its class without performance compromises. The 10-cylinder 525 hp engine is the same power plant found in the R8 LMS GT3 racecar and is capable of delivering breathtaking performance. The Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro delivers 391 lb-ft of torque and achieves a 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds. Continue reading Audi Announces 2010 Model-Year Prices for Its Audi R8 Cars