2012 Audi R8

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12 CITY / 19 HWY
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What's New for 2012:
- New limited-edition GT trim level

Exterior Features
The 2012 Audi R8 is a 2-door, mid-engine luxury supercar available in either coupe or soft-top convertible body style and offered in three trim levels. Nineteen-inch wheels and LED running lights are standard.

Interior Features
The 2012 Audi R8 carries 2 occupants and offers 3.5 cubic feet of trunk space. Standard amenities on the base 4.2 model include cruise control, automatic climate control, heated power seats, leather and suede upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 7-speaker audio system with CD changer and satellite radio. The higher 5.2 trim level adds a navigation system, upgraded Bang & Olufsen audio system, and iPod interface.

Optional Features
The 2012 Audi R8 is offered in a wide variety of option packages, as well as with stand-alone options.  The Carbon Fiber Sigma Exterior package adds a carbon-fiber front lower spoiler and diffuser, while the Titanium package provides such styling upgrades as black exhaust pipes, 19-inch titanium-finish wheels with performance tires, and nappa leather upholstery. The Convenience package features front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, hill-start assist, and power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors. Stand-alone options include LED headlights and carbon-ceramic brakes.

Under the Hood
The 2012 Audi R8 4.2 is equipped with a 4.2-liter V-8 engine rated at 430 horsepower, while the 5.2 model is fitted with a 5.2-liter V-10 that delivers 525 horsepower. While the R8 5.2 GT trim (available in coupe body style only) also is offered with a 5.2-liter V-10 engine, it delivers 560 horsepower. Every R8 features all-wheel drive and Audi's Magnetic Ride system. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on R8 4.2 and 5.2 models, while a 6-speed automated manual (R tronic) transmission is optional. The 5.2 GT is offered with the R tronic transmission only.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Audi R8 are:
- R8 with 4.2-liter engine: 11-13/20-21/14-16 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- R8 with 5.2-liter engine: 12-13/19/14-15 mpg

Standard safety features on the 2012 Audi R8 include side-impact air bags, knee air bags, and anti-lock brakes.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested the 2012 Audi R8.


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