Audi of America has just introduced a set of changes for its existing models for the next model year. Among the vehicles that got this update is their top of the line 2009 Audi R8 GT.
Although the upcoming 2009 Audi A4 sedan and Avant (station wagon) models, as well as the 2009 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI and Audi Q5 SUVs are still out of the price list, there are some candies for the rest of the pack, including the fire-breathing Audi R8 super-car.
First of all, it is now clear from the document that the 2009 Audi R8 will be available in two base trims. According to the paper, there will be top of the range Audi R8 Quattro R-tronic starting at an impressive price of $121,500 and a less expensive base model with manual transmission available at $112,500.
The list of standard equipment now includes 6CD changer, Bluetooth hands-free interface and the HomeLink garage door opener.
While purists may frown at all these gizmos that increase the weight of the car by 15 pounds or so, the options were probably too popular among customers and for Audi it was easier to just make them a part of the default package.
Oh, back to our high-tech sheep. The list of carbon fiber options now includes high-gloss polished version of the standard 19-inch twin-spoke light alloy wheels that are supposed to look especially good if you add into the mix a number of other parts that are made of real carbon fiber, including the R8’s signature sideblades, as well as interior inlays and engine compartment trim.
Hopefully, with all these carbon parts installed the 2009 Audi R8 gets lighter by a whole couple of ounces.
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