2011 Audi R8 Overview
The 2011 Audi R8 is Audi’s entry into the supercar market and for 2011 a convertible model joins the club.
The R8 is now available in three forms: 4.2, 5.2, and 5.2 Spyder. The R8 4.8 is the “base” model of the three, but there’s really nothing “base” about it. Under the hood beats a 420-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 that pushes the 4.8 from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and all the way up to 187 mph. The 5.2 and 5.2 Spyder share a more powerful 525-horsepower, 5.2 liter V-10 which shaves a few tenths off the 0-60 time and bumps up the coupe’s top speed to 196 mph and the convertible’s to an astounding 195 mph, especially impressive considering the extra weight of the soft top. The V-10 is the same engine Audi uses in its LeMans Series GT3 race car.
Transmission options include a six-speed manual or an automated six-speed R tronic transmission which fires off quick shifts with the manual shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel or by using the gear lever. The engine on each R8 is mid-mounted which helps the car’s weight balance and improves handling. Each R8 is also equipped with Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system for added traction.
The R8 Spyder’s soft top can retract in 19 seconds to get you into the sunshine as quickly as possible, even at speeds of up to 30 mph. Other exclusive features for the convertible include a Bluetooth® seatbelt microphone which allows you to be heard over the phone with the top down even when cruising at highway speeds and thermal resistant leather which ensures a seat temperature of no higher than 68 degrees, even if the seat is in direct sunlight.
Inside, all R8’s come well-appointed with standard features like automatic climate control, leather/Alcantara sport seats, powered/heated seats, Bluetooth® connectivity, and an auto dimming rearview mirror. Opting up to the 5.2 and 5.2 Spyder adds Napa leather seats, navigation system with backup camera, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The 2011 R8 also keeps you safe, with six airbags including driver and passenger knee airbags, electronic stability control, and a rigid body shell and frame with a reinforced occupant cell.
For the very best in style and performance, look no further than the 2011 Audi R8.