2014 LA Auto Show Preview: Audi debuts the R8 Competition

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 28, 2014

Audi announced that it will debut the R8 Competition at the 2014 LA Auto Show, a vehicle that promises to redefine the well-known German supercar. Powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 570 hp and bolted to a seven-speed S tronic transmission, the vehicle is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds, while top speed is 199 mph or almost 320 km/h.

As you can see from the photos, this is no ordinary R8 as the R8 Competition comes with new matte carbon exterior elements such as a fixed rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, flics, side blades, a front spoiler and a rear air diffuser.

Moreover, the vehicle comes with a sport exhaust system with black high-gloss tailpipes and a new set of gloss black wheels, which hid the ceramic brakes with anodized red brake calipers.

Same theme is found at the interior where the manufacturer installed matte carbon fiber elements on the center console as well as an illuminated ‘R8 Competition’ door sill inlays.

Only 60 R8 Competition units will be available exclusively for the US market and according to Audi, customers will be able to order their vehicle as of early November.

Press Release

Audi R8 competition

Audi of America announces the debut of the powerful 2015 R8 competition at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The R8 competition redefines the iconic R8 as the pinnacle of Audi performance with 570 hp and racing-inspired, lightweight matte carbon elements.

"The limited-edition Audi R8 competition is the closest road car to our R8 LMS ultra race car that has won virtually every race around the world," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "It is designed for the driving enthusiast and we're excited to bring 60 units as a limited-edition to the U.S."

The high-performance R8 competition features a 570hp 5.2L V10 mated exclusively to a seven-speed S tronic and a sport exhaust system with black high-gloss tailpipes. This combination results in a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph, making it the fastest R8 ever offered.

The R8 competition is engineered to push the limits, sharing the same naturally aspirated V10 FSI engine as the Audi R8 LMS race car which has won Daytona and Nuerburgring 24 hour races as well as all other major GT races around the globe. The award-winning GT-engine represents the pinnacle of durability, requiring its first major service after approximately 13,000 miles under race conditions or approximately one full race season. Competitor engines require a major service after one 24 hour race.

Further enhancing the unmistakable Audi R8 competition design are striking matte carbon exterior elements consisting of a fixed rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, flics, side blades, front spoiler and rear diffusor. The combination of the carbon elements lower the weight of the R8 competition and also provide greater downforce. Gloss black wheels with 305 cross-section rear tires and ceramic brakes with anodized red brake calipers provide a stunning contrast to the matte carbon fiber elements. Inside, drivers will find a matte carbon fiber treatment including the center console and illuminated "R8 competition" door sill inlays. The R8 competition is an Audi exclusive line vehicle, which allows the driver to pair a variety of interior and exterior colors and choose from a selection of wheel finishes for a striking look designed to meet driver needs and tastes.

A total of 60 units will be produced at the R8 production facility in Neckarsulm, Germany. Customers can begin ordering the Audi R8 competition as of early November 2014 with deliveries expected as of the beginning of 2015.

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