Debut of the 2014 Audi R8 and Audi RS 5 Cabriolet at the North American International Auto Show
HERNDON, VA, Jan 03, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
-- New 2014 Audi R8 improves in performance and efficiency through new S
-- New 2014 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet now available in the U.S.
-- Audi to introduce more models at the North American International Auto
Audi of America announces the U.S. debut of the much anticipated 2014
Audi R8 model line and new Audi RS 5 Cabriolet at the NAIAS. The
iconic R8 represents the pinnacle of Audi performance while the RS 5
Cabriolet combines track-tested engineering with the freedom of open
air driving. The four-seat convertible with a cloth soft top entices
with a unique combination of elegance and power. The R8 and RS models
are engineered to perform on the track and also for comfortable
"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."
2014 Audi R8
The R8 is the pinnacle of the Audi model lineup that
comprises of three different engine variants: the R8 V8, the R8 V10
and the R8 V10 Plus. The high performance sports car is now more
dynamic and powerful than ever before thanks to numerous
improvements, including a newly developed seven-speed S tronic(R)
transmission that helped improve the 0-60 mph time by 0.3 seconds on
the R8 V10 Plus.
The new seven-speed S tronic double-clutch transmission significantly
boosts the performance of the Audi R8.The new S tronic transmission
also improves driving comfort with smoother shifts.
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(R) seats and ceramic
To further enhance the Audi R8 design, several aesthetic adjustments
are added throughout the vehicle. Some of the most noticeable changes
are the newly structured LED headlights that are now standard on all
models, the hexagonal Singleframe(R) grille, new side mirrors and the
large, round tailpipe trims are the most obvious elements. The rear
lights of all models include the innovative dynamic turn signals.
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(R) 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.
2014 Audi R8 Specifications:
R8 V8 4.2 FSI 430 hp
R8 V10 5.2 FSI 525 hp
R8 V10 Plus 5.2 FSI 550 hp
2014 RS 5 Cabriolet
The highly successful RS 5 coupe extends its
model series with the addition of this high-end soft-top, which
entices with a unique combination of prestige and power. With nearly
identical performance numbers as the coupe, the RS 5 Cabriolet is
powered by a high-revving, 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. between 4,000
and 6,000 rpm. With a curb weight of 4,420 lbs., the Audi RS 5
Cabriolet launches from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The car's top
speed is limited to 174 mph; while at the same time having a class
leading fuel economy* and no gas guzzler tax.
The exterior and interior of the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet retains the
essence of the RS 5 Coupe. When the top is down it only requires 2.12
cu-ft. of its 13.42 cu-ft. trunk volume. The split rear seatbacks can
be folded over individually, and a load-through hatch from the trunk
to the rear seating area improves ease of access functionality.
Special reinforcements contribute to the convertible body's high
rigidity, and aluminum front fenders compensate for some of the added
weight of the reinforcements.
The new LED light strips illuminate the headlights and taillights
without any conventional incandescent lamps. Like the lights, the
rear bumper was also redesigned; its diffuser is now much higher, and
a honeycomb screen insert encloses the two large elliptical tailpipes
of the exhaust system. On the trunk lid there is a subtle matte
carbon spoiler lip for additional downforce.
The sport seats have power adjustments, high side panels for optimal
lateral support, integrated head restraints, a lumbar support and a
pull-out thigh support. They are upholstered in a combination of
leather and Alcantara or in the optional black or lunar silver Fine
Nappa leather. All leather types are pigmented to reduce heating by
sunlight. At the press of a button, the soft top opens and closes
automatically in 15 seconds and 17 seconds respectively -- even when
driving at speeds of up to 30 mph. On hot summer days when the top is
down, drivers can select the optional climate-controlled seats for
2014 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet Specifications:
Engine Horsepower Fuel Economy
4.2 FSI 450 hp 16 city / 22 highway / 18 combined
The Audi R8 and RS 5 Cabriolet will both go on sale in Spring 2013.
ABOUT AUDI OF AMERICA
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers
offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is
among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. During
2010 Audi was the top performing luxury brand in Europe, and broke
all-time company sales records in the U.S. Over the next few years,
AUDI AG will invest nearly $16 billion on new products and
technologies. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more
information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.
* vs. BMW M3 Convertible
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