The luxury car segment is dominated by the three German auto giants the Audi, the BMW and the Mercedes Benz. The car makers are flooding the market with a number of luxury products. As the profits are more in the high-end segment many costly luxury cars have also been launched in India recently.
The Audi R8 is the best performing sports car from the Audi brand. The R8 introduced in 2009 has many models through many facelifts. For the Indian markets the Audi India is bringing the R8 as CBUs. The Limited edition R8 LMX launched in 2015 has laser beam head lights.
The Audi R8 is the costliest Audi car in India. It comes in 5 petrol variants with 7- speed automatic transmission. The variants are the V8 Coupe, the 4.2 FSI Quattro, the V10 Spyder, the V10 Coupe and the V10 LMX priced Rupees 1.71, 1.71, 1.87, 2.2 and Audi R8 Price : 2.97 crore respectively.
Among the rivals the Lamborghini Aventador priced Rupees 3.69 to 4.78 crore is costlier than the R8. The Porsche 911 is cheaper at Rupees 1.29 to 2.66 crore. The BMW offerings the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is priced Rupees 1.71 crore and the high-tech BMW i8 Rupees 2.29 crore.
The exterior features include LED head lights, daytime running LED lamps, LED tail lamps and an air dam below the tail lights. The standard safety features include 4 air bags, ABS, EBD, ESP, Traction control, Hill Hold control, an engine immobiliser and collapsible column. The comfort features include an Automatic AC, power steering, rain sensing wipers, frontal power windows, electric ORVMs, an electric sun roof, rear parking assist and a music system with GSP as option.
The R8 V8 coupe is powered by a 4163 cc petrol engine giving mileages of 8.06 kmpl. The V10 variants have 5.2L, 10 cylinder V engines with 517 to 541 bhp giving mileages of 9.8 kmpl. The transmission is through S-tronic 7 speed gear box. The V10 variant takes 3.6 sec and the V8 variant 4.3 sec for 0 to 100 kmph acceleration with top speeds 311to 314 kmph.
Facts about the Audi R8
- Wheels R18 for base, R19 for top
- Matrix head lights adjust the intensity and direction of the beam
- Quattro all-wheel drive for all the variants
- Adaptive dampers for suspensions for individual damping force adjustment
- The Audi R8 is designed with ultra light technology with ASF high strength aluminium construction
The Audi R8 is the best performing luxury road car available in India. The car is worth for the money spent and is sure to be popular among the young rich.