Now that the Audi R8 Facelift is here, there are several model variants to choose from. There’s the standard Audi R8 V10 Quattro, the R8 V10 Performance Quattro, the R8 RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive) and Spyder versions of each. For the Australian market, though, there won’t be any of the standard models; only Performance and RWD models will be available.
According to the Director of Product Planning and Pricing for Audi Australia, Shawn Ticehurst, “We cut out the regular Quattro that we have had before to simplify the line-up in Australia”.
Though, to make up for the fact that the Australian customers won’t be able to buy the standard Quattro model, the Aussie R8 will be getting more as-standard features. “This will include full leather, premium audio and the best trim for the RWD. The Performance Quattro will get all the items that in other markets are treated as options,” he said. “These include carbon-fibre trim and components inside and out, Alcantara headliner, premium leather and so on.”
One important point for Australian customers, the Audi R8 will keep its loud exhaust. In Europe, Audi decided to opt for a particulate filter that reduces emissions but also reduces exhaust noise. However, for Audi Australia, the R8 will ditch the particulate filter to keep the incredible exhaust note intact but it does lose a few horses in the process, 7kW (almost 10 horsepower) to be specific.
“We lost 7kW for the sake of losing the filter,” said Ticehurst of the R8’s exhaust. “We had a choice and it was important that the exhaust sound remained.
“It is integral with the car. It is part of its character. It identifies the car and it’s something that customers demand. So there was no way we were going to have it fitted.”
Pricing for the Audi R8 in Australia is as follows: Audi R8 RWD Coupe ($295,000 AUD), Audi R8 RWD Spyder ($316,500 AUD), Audi R8 Performance Quattro Coupe ($395,000 AUD) and the Audi R8 Performance Quattro Spyder ($416,500 AUD).