Audi today released pictures and details of its second-generation R8 supercar. It said the top-range version will be the most powerful and fastest series-production Audi to date.
The R8 is a halo model for Audi, which is spending 24 billion euros in the next five years to develop technology and expand production in its bid to pass BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand, up from No. 2 now.
Audi said sales of the mid-engine coupe will start in Europe in the summer with the 540-hp R8 V-10 priced at 165,000 euros and the range-topping 610-hp R8 V-10 plus costing 187,400 euros.
The R8 V-10 plus accelerates from 0 to 100kph (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, Audi said. Its top speed is 330kph (205 mph).
"With the new Audi R8, our engineers are bringing accumulated racing expertise from the racetrack onto the road," Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg said in a statement.
The R8 will have its public debut at the Geneva auto show on March 3.
The car weighs up to 50kg (110 pounds) less than the current model despite a lot of extra equipment and greater rigidity, Audi said.