This beast is loaded with a 4.2 L FSI V8 engine developing 420 PS (309 kW/414 hp) and 430 N·m (320 ft·lbf), the same engine used in the B7 Audi RS4. The R8 TDI Le Mans produces 500 PS (493 hp/368 kW) and 1,000 N·m (738 lb·ft) of torque. It goes from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds, and its top speed is 202 mph (325 km/h).
A V10 engined version is also planned for 2009. The R8 was awarded Best Handling Car and Fastest Car In The World of by Autocar magazine. Autobild awarded it the SportsCar of the year. Top Gear Magazine named the Audi R8 the 2007 Car of the Year. In the 2008 World Car of the Year awards, the R8 was awarded World Performance Car of the Year and World Design Car of the Year.
Buyers of the mid-engine Audi have picked up every model that will be made for months, which tells us what we already knew: the R8 is a legitimate smash hit. It's no surprise that the R8 is so successful on the sales floor, but the downside is that the vehicle's sustained popularity is keeping higher performance editions off the market. If a 420-hp 4.2L powerplant can take you to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, just imagine what a 580-hp twin-turbo V10 will do on dry pavement.
The Ausi R8 will be featured as a transformer in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen". The Audi R8 is essentially a two seater and is available in India for Rs. 1.17 crore. How about a test drive eh?