German brand Audi are all set to bring their limited edition R8 competition model with them to the Los Angeles motor show this week. It was first believed when the car was revealed a number of months ago that it would make its first appearance from the Geneva motor show next year but that has proven not to be the case. This brand new competition model is the last limited edition R8 model that will be made by Audi before the launch of the brand new R8 next year. Sadly for us European fans though the vehicle will only be made available in the States. It has been confirmed by the firm that a run of only 60 units of the vehicle will be made available.
The main big changes that will find a place in this variant of the R8 is the power that the car will now pack. Some new changes will also find a place in the vehicle which have been fitted in order to increase the overall performance and handling of the vehicle. With the power being the main difference though we are going to take a look in that direction first. We see that for this Competition edition of the R8, the German based manufacturer has included a 5.2 litre,V10 FSI engine. This version of the car has also been confirmed to receive a seven speed S Tronic transmission.
The four wheel drive model has also been confirmed to now see a power output of 562bhp which is a 20bhp improvement on that of its predecessor. A fixed rear spoiler and diffuser are also included which are also featured on the R8 LMS. Other paint jobs for the vehicle and a vast wheel size range are also to come along with this version of the car.
There has also been some new features included with the vehicle which are designed to make improvements to the overall performance that the R8 puts out. These include some new carbon ceramic brakes,Gloss Black exhaust pipes and a brand new sports exhaust system is what is offered.
It has been stated by the mass manufacturer that this variant of the car will be made available on the road from early on into 2015 with a price tag set to be confirmed closer to the date of launch. For us fans here in Europe, we will have to wait until next year for the arrival of the new R8.
This comes as big news for other top car brands such as Porsche who are preparing to launch their new 911 GTS and Mercedes who have just put their new AMG GT model on sale ahead of a release next year. The challenge that the R8 Competition will bring to America will be high indeed which is why we think the new 911 and AMG GT will do well here with no sales to be made on an R8 Competition in the UK.