June 26 in Japan, was officially presented the first double sports car mid-engine layout of Audi - Audi R8.
R8 - a new product group Audi, market-oriented sporting premium cars.
The car is equipped with an aluminum V-shaped 8-cylinder high-performance engine, which is installed in the central compartment specially designed by engineers Audi space frame (ASF).
Maximum engine power is 420 hp, while maximum torque is 43, 8 kg-m, it is achieved in the range of 4500 ~ 6000 r / min. Audi R8 can accelerate to 301 km / h and acceleration from zero to hundred requires 4, 6 seconds.
Among Japanese cars have R8, according to director of Audi Japan, has no competitors. For buyers R8 Japan will fight with the Porsche 911, Aston Martin, Jaguar XKR, Maserati Quattroporte Sport and other similar models.
In Japan will be delivered only Left Hand Drive version of Audi R8, which cost in the islands will be 16,700,000 yen (about $ 140 600). Roughly sale sports car will begin in early September.