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Audi R8 Spyder Makes Global Debut at NY Auto Show

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Today, Audi showed off the roofless version of the R8, the Audi R8 Spyder at the New York International Auto Show. There really isn’t much to say other than the obvious lack of a roof on the Spyder. The soft top takes about 20 seconds to retract and can be operated up to about 50 km/h. With the R8 already designed and built with the Spyder model in mind, there were minimal changes made to accomodate the soft top resulting in minimal weight gains and loss of rigidity.

“For Audi of America, the R8 started a revolution,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “It didn’t just win at the racetrack and become the car of super heroes, it truly added Audi to the luxury conversation in the U.S.”

Under the hood there is the same 5.2L V10 mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Pricing for the R8 Spyder was not available at the time this was written, but we’ll be sure to update it as soon as we get it. The R8 Spyder will be built at the R8 production facility outside Neckarsulm, Germany.

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Audi S8 Plus, RS7 Performance and New R8 in LA

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Audi opened up their LA Auto Show press conference by tackling the TDIGate scandal by reaffirming their commitment to investigate and resolve any TDI issues found as part of multiple investigations going on right now regarding the cheat software found in TDI vehicles. There was no mention of the misstated CO2 emissions numbers on their gasoline powered vehicles.

Audi quickly segued on a brief introduction of some new vehicles including the S8 Plus and RS7 Performance as well as the new R8 making its North American auto show debut before wrapping up with a summary of Audi’s plans for an electrified future.

Audi’s main stage was occupied by an A3 e-tron and the e-tron Quattro Concept vehicle that we’ve seen before at past shows. Audi is aiming to have 25% of their vehicle sales to be electric vehicles in 10 years time and a part of that lofty goal is Audi’s plans to launch a country-wide electrical charging network. The charging network will provide about a 320km range in just 30 minutes. Audi’s confidence in electric vehicles also comes at a time where battery costs have dropped dramatically and are now only about 10% of what a battery cost just years ago.

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Audi R8 Competition, The Fastest One Yet

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Meet the Audi R8 Competition, unveiled here at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show alongside the Audi Prologue, which most eyeballs were on today. The R8 Competition bumps power up by 20 horsepower bringing the 0-60 time down to just 3.2 seconds. While the Audi R8 is considered by many to be a poser exotic, there is no denying how great it looks. It certainly looks faster than it is, and the R8 Competition is Audi’s way of trying to back up its looks.

Carbon is the name of the game for the R8 Competition. Not just the carbon fiber side mirrors, lip, diffuser and matte carbon spoiler but carbon-ceramic brakes are standard fare. So, is this enough for a last horrah for the current generation R8 or has everyone already been bored to death for a few years now?

Check out the gallery below for more pictures.

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Laser Equipped Audi R8 LMX Special Edition

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If the image above looks familiar, it’s because it looks pretty much like the Audi R8 V10 Plus that was unveiled back in 2013 in Detroit. However, today Audi is unveiling another blue R8 with one slight exterior difference, the headlights. The Audi R8 LMX is the world’s first production car with laser high beams just barely beating the BMW i8 to production. With the new laser powered high beams, a laser module on each headlight generates a cone of bright light that reaches twice as far as the standard LED headlights. Each laser module contains four high-powered laser diodes that generate a blue laser just 300 micrometers wide. Running the blue laser through a phosphor converter results in a beam of light with a 5500K color temperature. The laser high beam is activated at speeds above 60 km/h and will supplement, not replace the LED high beams. If you’re wondering about lasers blinding oncoming drivers, the system also includes an intelligent camera-based sensor that detects oncoming traffic and actively adjusts the light pattern to exclude them.

Under the hood the R8 LMX gets an additional 20 horsepower bump over the R8 V10 Plus for a total of 570 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Interestingly enough the 0-100km/h time remain at 3.4 seconds and fuel consumption is unchanged at 12.9L/100km. Power is delivered through a 7-speed dual clutch S tronic transmission. The R8 LMX also comes with an exclusive set of 19″ wheels wrapped with 235 and 305 width front and rear tires respectively. The Audi R8 LMX will be available only in coupe form and will be limited to only 99 copies, all of which will be painted in Ara Blue. Carbon fiber will adorn many parts of the R8 LMX including the front spoiler lip, front splitters (flics), engine cover, sideblades, rear wing and rear diffuser.

The black interior will also feature blue accents, check out the gallery to see it for yourself as we won’t be seeing any in North America. If you live in Europe and are interested in one, it’ll set you back a cool 210,000 euros.

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Audi to Debut 2014 R8 V10 Plus and RS5 Cab at NAIAS

Audi of America has announced that they will be bringing the recently updated R8 model line along with the RS5 Cabriolet to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. Audi has finally made a change that enthusiasts have been clamouring for in the R8, and it is one of the biggest reasons that the car is not more popular in that segment. They have finally ditched the terrible R tronic transmission and replaced it with a dual clutch version they dub S tronic.

“Coming off the momentum we’ve built with the launch of the all-new Audi S models, the new Audi R8 and RS 5 Cabriolet further invigorate the next chapter of our Audi performance models,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “We know that driving enthusiasts are excited to have these cars come to our shores, but they will be even more thrilled to know this is just the beginning.”

For the 2014 model year, the R8 will sport a third engine variant on top of the current R8 V8, and R8 V10. New for 2014 is the R8 V10 Plus which provides a 25hp bump over the regular V10 for a total of 550hp. The small power bump is enough to shave an extra 0.1s off the 0-60 time over the regular V10. Oh, and that new seven-speed S tronic transmission? That change alone shaves another 0.3s off the 0-60 time on the R8 V10 Plus. Reviewers that have driven the car (sadly, I have not been offered to drive one but you know how to reach me Audi!) say the shifts are much smoother and lightning fast offering a much better driving experience not only at high speeds on the track but even when cruising around.

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Audi China reveals Limited Edition China Edition R8

Audi China has launched a new limited edition Audi R8 exclusively for China dubbed the Audi R8 China Edition. Available only in two colors, Malibu blue with Suzuka grey sideblades, or Suzuka grey with Malibu blue sideblades, the limited run of 80 R8s come with LED headlights, carbon fiber parts (of course!), 19″ twin spoke Y-design wheels and a carbon-matte rear spoiler.

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NYC Testing LED Based Street Lights

NYC Tests LED Powered Street Lights

NYC Tests LED Powered Street Lights

New York City will begin testing new LED powered street lights starting tomorrow in a pilot project that may result in all 300,000 sodium based street lights being replaced with the more energy efficient LED ones.

LED lighting has advanced significantly over the last few years. They are not only only great for lighting up your geeky looking computer case but are now bright enough and efficient enough to use as everyday lighting. Audi has even incorporated LEDs into its headlights on its R8 sports car for its day time running lights and has plans to introduce it to other new models starting next year.

Georgetown, a small town in Ontario is also testing LED based lighting. Unlike New York City, Georgetown has opted to test LED lights on its pathway systems by building three separate test zones. Each zone will be individually metered so town officials can calculate the energy savings. The first zone will be lit entirely with LED pathway lights, the second zone will be a mix of LED and traditional lighting and the third zone will be lit with traditional lighting alone. The three zones will provide actual field test results on how effective the LED lighting is, and how compatible it is with traditional pathway lighting systems.

While NYC is much larger than Georgetown, it is conducting a far smaller test by only installing 6 LED street lights. City officials have not determined where the new lights will be installed for testing, nor have they committed to switching to LED based street lights after the tests are complete.

The bulbs themselves for this $1.175 million contract are being designed by Lighting Science Group and the company expects that for each pole and light source that is replaced, the payback period for the city will be two to three years. Not only will the city reduce its power usage 25 to 30 percent, but the bulbs will last 50,000 to 70,000 hours. Today’s sodium lamps are rated at 24,000 hours, which means at that point half of them are dead.

The testing involves more than just swapping the old bulbs with LED bulbs. The city will be testing new light poles that have a new sleek design that has built in channels for hanging accessories like street signs, flags, flower baskets, etc. The light poles can also hold multiple lenses to direct the light into various places. For example, 75% of the light can be directed to the street while 25% is directed to illuminate the sidewalk.


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