Audi R8 V10 FL-09

Euromobil, the official importer of Audi in Malaysia, has announced the availability of the latest Audi R8. The Audi R8, which first wowed the world at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, was recently facelifted with some technical updates.

The biggest change for the mid-engine sports car is the adoption of a S tronic dual-clutch gearbox that replaces the previous R tronic single-clutch ‘box. Besides being faster, the new S tronic has one extra forward ratio over the R tronic – seven versus six. Shifts can be made via gear lever or steering paddles, and there’s a sports mode and launch control.

The new gearbox is paired to a hand built, naturally aspirated V10 engine with 525 hp and 530 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h acceleration is done in just 3.6 seconds (three tenths faster with S tronic) on to a top speed of 314 km/h. Not so important for this car, but combined economy stands at 13.1 litres per 100 km.

From the outside, the latest R8 V10 can be spotted by a single-frame grille with bevelled upper corners. The revised bumper features air inlets with three crossbars each. The vent louvres on the sides are finished in matte black, while the engine compartment cover can be trimmed in carbon sigma and illuminated by LEDs.

Speaking of the bright diodes, the R8 now comes with all-LED headlights complemented by new DRLs that form a ‘clasp’ around the lens. Very striking.

Other standard kit include 19-inch alloys, MMI navigation plus with DVD player, Bluetooth, fine Nappa leather sports seats and a 10-channel, 465 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system. You can have one from RM1,250,000 on-the-road with a four-year or 120,000 km warranty, whichever comes first.