This is a concept vehicle version of the R8 Coupé with 5,934 cc (5.934 L; 362.1 cu in) V12 twin turbo Diesel engine rated 500 PS (368 k W; 493 hp) and 1,000 N⋅m (738 lb⋅ft)@1750-3000rpm with Euro 6 emissions standard compliance via oxidizing catalyst and Diesel particulate filter, matt Grace Silver body colour, 6-speed manual transmission with small-diameter double-plate clutch, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, starting ratio of .
The vehicle was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in 2008.
It was introduced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG in 2006.
The car is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG's high performance private subsidiary company, Audi Sport Gmb H (formerly quattro Gmb H), In 2005, Audi announced that the name of the successful Audi R8 race car would be used for a new road car in 2007, the Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car (designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig), appearing at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show, and 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show.
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Although it was rumoured by the automotive press since the announcement of the production R8 in 2006, it was only in August 2008 that spy shots of a convertible R8 "Spider" from filming scenes of the movie Iron Man 2 were published online.
The R8 development program began in 2004, Lamberty's design being approved and frozen for production.
Production body prototypes began field testing in January 2006.
It was powered by the uneven firing 5.2 FSI V10 engine.
The 434 PS (319 k W; 428 bhp) (up 14 bhp on coupé), 430 newton metres (317 lbf⋅ft) unit now completes the R8 Spyder range alongside the launch V10 powerplant.
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In Asia, the R8 is available in Bahrain, Kuwait, Pakistan, India, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vietnam, and has been available in China, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia since 2008.