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Audi R8 dies in Australia; Lamborghini Huracan safe


The iconic V10-powered Audi got the latest arc in Australia, where emissions complications knocked it out of production.


Blame the R8 hub is the unique engine tones being offered for the 5.2-liter V10 in the Australian market – which differ from those sold in Europe and elsewhere with stricter emissions and noise rules – and which are no longer produced for the domestic market by the engine manufacturer Audi in Hungary. .

While the German manufacturer can practically offer tunes on offer in foreign markets, the niche sales it attracts – with 29 models sold so far in 2021, 17 in 2020 and 12 in 2019 – has seen Audi Australia pick To not invest the required resources, keep the R8 in local showrooms.

A spokesperson for Audi Australia said in a statement: “The current generation Audi R8 Coupe and Spyder is no longer offered in Australia for local homogeneity reasons. Production of the R8 will continue for other markets.”

Current car review 5.2 Liter Natural Aspirator V10 Introduced with R8’s middle-aged facelift in 2020, which is developing 397 kW And the 540 Nm In RWD variants for beginners, or 449 kW / 560 Nm In the flagship performance model of all-wheel drive.

These figures are below 22 kW/10 Nm and 7 kW/20 Nm respectively in the variants sold in Europe, where all models are equipped Petrol Filters (PPFs) To reduce noise and emissions – systems Not suitable for R8s in Australiawith local chiefs outlining in 2020 Audi’s decision to accept a reduced output in order to retain the more resonant exhaust note delivered without the PPF.

The less powerful 397 kW / 540 Nm (as offered in Australia) was recently discontinued in the US, with the updated 419 kW / 560 Nm variant to be replaced – likely equipped with a petrol particulate filter, mirroring its European counterpart.

The death of the Audi R8 has nothing to do with the new side-collision safety regulations (known as ADR 85) that are set to take effect in Australia next November for existing vehicles launched before November 2017, and which will end sales of the Nissan GT-R supercar and Alpine A110 sports car . click here Read full details on the new rule change.

While the R8 leaves Australia, the under-the-skin twin, the Lamborghini Huracan, will be safe, given the emissions complications that force the demise of the German brand’s own Audi. Lamborghini representatives have confirmed to leader Huracan will be compatible with ADR 85, and will continue to be offered locally.

The successor to the current Audi R8 – which went on sale domestically in second-generation form in 2016 – isn’t confirmed globally, but with the automaker confirming it will release its last new car with a combustion engine in 2025, that is, later – it is likely that It adopts the electric power generation model.

An Audi Australia spokesperson said: “AUDI AG is currently discussing various concepts for a possible successor to the R8, but no decision has yet been made.” leader.

A total of 29 R8 models were sold in Australia in 2021, up from 17 in 2020, and 12 in 2019. 94 units were sold in the year the second-generation model was launched, 2016, although that wasn’t the case. enough to achieve the best. The 103 went on sale in 2008, the year after the first generation model went on sale domestically.

Production stopped for the Australian market earlier this year, and leader Understand no more than a handful of R8 examples are still in local showrooms.

Alex Misoyannis

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